DA assists evicted Marikana residents in Ladybrand

James Letuka

DA MPL in the Free State Provincial Legislature:

I have today written to Social Development MEC, Sisi Ntombela, and her COGTA counterpart, MEC Olly Mlamleli, requesting them to urgently intervene in the Marikana impasse in Ladybrand. The Department of Social development must immediately mobilise the supply of food, sanitary products and blankets while the Department of COGTA urgently identify suitable land for resettlement.


Yesterday, we met with 25 women headed families that have been living in a dilapidated hall since they were evicted from Marikana two weeks ago. The women and children have little privacy and the situation they find themselves in compromises their dignity.


The Mantsopa Local Municipality has failed to make alternative land available for resettlement of these families.


We were also made aware by evicted residents that their furniture, clothing and other household goods were unlawfully seized by the Red Ants. DA Mantsopa councillor, Tania Halse, is assisting the destitute women daily with food donations as well as with the opening of criminal charges of theft against the Municipal Manager, Selby Selepe.


The women informed us yesterday that Mantsopa Mayor, Dennis Ntsepe, told them to refuse food donations from DA councillors on account that the food is poisoned. This after the municipality has failed to extend adequate social assistance.


Mayor Ntsepe’s behaviour in the whole saga has been despicable.


It is rumoured that Premier Ace Magashule had deployed four bodyguards to protect Mayor Ntsepe. It goes to show that the ANC places its most loyal cadres above the plight of the people. Mayor Ntsepe’s life and property would not be threatened if he governed effectively and improved people’s lives through efficient service delivery.