Residents block road to protest for clinic, service delivery

Community members of Dludluma blocked an access road with branches.

STEENBOK – The week had a rocky start for local pupils and teachers when residents of Dludluma blockaded the bridge on the D797 leading to Steenbok, Ngwenyeni and Dludluma on Monday morning.

They used burning tyres and logs to prevent anyone from crossing, resulting in many learners and teachers missing school.

The community demanded a tarred road and services such as a clinic and running water.

“They try to stomp the gravel to make the road better, but if it rains it gets damaged again,” said one of the protesters.

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Community members said they have never had a tarred road and wanted to meet with the premier, since the people who were aware of their situation were not doing anything about it.

One of the protesters stated that they hoped the road closure will make the authorities tend to their problems quicker.

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Nkomazi Local Municipality’s (NLM) member of the mayoral council for infrastructure and development, Cllr Philosopher Mziyako said there is no budget at this time. He told protesters that NLM and the department of public works were aware of the need for proper roads and the Dludluma gravel road was maintained.

“We have invited the department of public works as NLM and shown them all the areas that have road challenges,” said Mziyako.

Nokwazi Thobela

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