Residents of Dikgalaopeng village say they feel neglected by the government because they have been living in poor conditions for years.
According to residents, there is no service delivery at all in the Elias Motsoaledi Ward 25, Sekhukhune District Municipality.
Residents complain that government has failed to provide them with basic services such as water, proper roads, schools, and RDP houses. Community members claim the challenges were raised with the ward Councillor and they were given a cold shoulder. They further claim that the Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality and Sekhukhune District Municipalities were also approached but their concerns fell on deaf ears.
Community leader, Daniel Matlou told Pride News that the area has been experiencing poor service delivery for many years. “We have no water, we drink with animals from the near rivers and wells.
Our roads are damaged, and our schools are in a state of catastrophe, posing danger to our children,” he says.
Matlou adds that Elias Motsoaledi Ward 25 Councillor Emely Maphopha has failed to address their problems as she
is not convening community meetings in Dikgalaopeng.
“Whenever we call for residents’ meetings, the Councillor does not attend and we wonder how our problems will be heard or solved. She only attended a meeting once and told the community that the municipality has no money to deliver services in Dikgalaopeng,” adds Matlou.
Another community leader, Tsietsi Mathunyane indicates that other villages within the ward receive services
while Dikgalaopeng is being sidelined by the municipality. “We share a ward with other sections in Tafelkop. Everyone can see that they have been prioritised as they have services such as water, RDP houses and proper roads, while nothing is happening at Dikgalaopeng,” he says.
He adds that slabs for RDP houses were left abandoned by contractors in 2002 and the houses have not been completed until today. Mathunyane goes on to say, “We work in a community and we don’t want to fold our arms and be among those who say, ‘government is not delivering’.
We are driven by a desire to approach the government and change people’s lives.”
A resident, Vinolia Tlaka, says they also wrote letters to Elias Motsoaledi Mayor Julia Mathebe seeking her intervention but she did not respond. “We wrote countless letters to the Mayor requesting that she comes to the village so that we can raise our concerns to her personally, but she did not respond. We feel like the government is not taking us seriously,” she says.
When contacted for comment, Director of Executive Support in Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality Mishack Kgwale, promised to comment via email. Kgwale’s comment did not reach Pride News at the time of going to print. Sekhukhune District Municipality Spokesperson Willy Mosoma was also not available for a comment.