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By Frank Maponya | Nov 04, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

SERVICE delivery protests continue to haunt several municipalities in Limpopo.

Yet another one took place yesterday, organised by members of the non-governmental organisation Limpopo Youth Skills Development Programmes.

Its members marched to the offices of the Capricorn District Municipality in Polokwane and handed in a memorandum which accused "lazy" council officials of not providing proper services. The march was joined by residents from the five local municipalities falling under Capricorn's municipality.

The protesters also called on Capricorn mayor Motalane Monakedi to "urgently" attend to issues affecting the youth in the area and accused the mayor of "running the municipality like a spaza shop".

"Young people in the district are suffering under the leadership of Monakedi," the memorandum read in part.

The organisation's secretary, Walter Fungisani, said the main issues were unemployment, illiteracy, crime, poverty and health.

"When young people are unemployed the country automatically has a problem," said Fungisani.

He said 70percent of women under the age of 19 in the district had resorted to prostitution because of joblessness. "Young people become victims of drugs and other harmful substances just because some officials deployed to deliver are lazy.

"We cannot allow a situation where the district becomes a hive of criminal activity. Something must be done."


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