“Madibeng officials overeat while residents sleep on an empty stomach”

This is what Oukasie residents said in a memorandum on lack of service delivery when they took to the streets to the Madibeng municipal offices on Tuesday.

Hundreds of Oukasie residents marched to the Madibeng Municipality to hand over the memorandum in which they demand service delivery and that the municipality keeps the promises they made to the community.

According to the memorandum, the Oukasie settlement is ravaged by crime, unemployment and poverty. “Twenty-three years into our democracy, but people are still forced to carry coffins during funerals due to the inaccessibility of our roads or lack thereof. The majority of our people still use pit latrines, while others resort to bushes as toilets. The councillor must stop talking left but walking right. He promised the community services and now he must just deliver.”

The protesters demand the immediate removal of rubble in Extension 5, that are used by criminals as hiding places. Other demands include the immediate return of 1 500 housing units that were diverted to other places, electrification of high mast lights to help in the fight against crime, connection of an ablution system, an audit on RDP housing and demarcation of stands, among other things.

“The municipality has received the memorandum from the residents of Oukasie in which a number of demands were made. We are currently attending to it and we shall respond within the specified deadline,” the spokesperson for the municipality, Tumelo Tshabalala said.

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Daleen van Manen
Journalist

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