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By unknown | Jan 29, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

A row has erupted between the mayor and the residents of Sekhukhune, Limpopo, over the re-gravelling of the roads.

Greater Makhuduthamaga municipal mayor, Queen Mkhabela, stands accused of not having the interests of the community at heart.

The accusations come after Mkhabela allegedly used municipal resources to re-gravel only the road leading to her house.

The area was hard hit by floods late last year and this year respectively.

The floods eroded main roads leading to the villages in Sekhukhune including River Side where Mkhabela lives.

Roads leading to the hospital, schools and police stations were also eroded.

Resident Johannes Mokwena said: "Since the floods in November, no road has ever been graded. We are unable to reach our places of work on time because all the roads are damaged.

"Bakeries are also unable to deliver bread to the nearest shops because of the badly eroded roads," he said yesterday.

"But the road leading to the mayor's house has been re-graveled, while those used by the villagers were left unattended," he added

"This is unfair. We are giving the municipality only seven working days to re-gravel all the main roads in the village or else, we will boycott all municipal services," he threatened.

Municipal manager Walter Mothapo yesterday confirmed the bad condition of the roads. He said the municipality has set aside R10million to address the problem.

"We had a meeting on January 22 in which we prioritised the state of the roads."

Contacted for comment, Mkhabela said: "The road leads to the purification plant which is located next to my house. We graveled the road because we wanted to connect the plant which was out of order for a long time".


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