Angry residents shut down greater Letaba municipal offices


By Theodorah waga Mawasha

Following allegations of a possible demolition of the Kgapane clinic due to “failed negotiations” between a land claimant, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure and the Department of Health, disgruntled community members brought operations at the municipality’s offices to a stand-still on Friday morning.

This comes after an urgent meeting was convened on Thursday morning with Ward 4 local councillor Mothipa Manyama, to map out a way forward. A consensus was reached to schedule a follow-up meeting for Monday, June 12.

A resident who did not want to be named indicated that the shutdown of the offices is due to the ongoing failure of the municipality to engage with residents on issues affecting them. That, the offices must remain shut until they get satisfactory answers to the fiasco.

“We want answers about the alleged land dispute which could potentially result in the demolition of our clinic. It cannot be business as usual when a dark cloud is hanging over our heads”, an anonymous said.

Municipal spokesperson Lovers Maenetje was contacted for comment.

“Kgapane residents came to the offices to request intervention from the Mayor regarding the issue of the Kgapane clinic. Unfortunately in their quest, they stopped services from being rendered. They had a meeting with the Mayor “, Maenetje said.

This is a developing story.


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