Deputy minister, premier held hostage in Mahikeng over tenders

2021-Sep-23   08:07

Deputy minister, premier held hostage in Mahikeng over tenders
Residents of Magogoe village in Mahikeng in the North West, are on Wednesday expected to meet with MECs from different departments over renovations at Lotlamoreng Dam.
Source: Thabang Morutloa/Newsnote

- Thabang Morutloa

Residents of Magogoe village in Mahikeng in the North West, are on Wednesday expected to meet with MECs from different departments over renovations at Lotlamoreng Dam.

This after they held Premier Bushy Maape, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affrairs (Cogta) Obed Bapela and other MECs hostage at the Dam on Tuesday.

Community leader, Simphiwe Yuze, said they are angry that they were not included in the Lotlamoreng Dam renovations project.

“We want to know why G Fencing is the main contractor when it comes from Limpopo, while we are here in Mahikeng with the same grades that it has. But we are overlooked. We want answers. If not, things will not end well,” Yuze said.

Bapela promised residents that he would ensure the project is  investigated. 

“They wanted answers. The premier does not have answers, I don’t have answers. When we sit we will be asking questions like who knew about the project and how it was awarded to contractors. And establish whether there was any leadership failure. Definitely young people are desperate, 79% of them in the country are unemployed. So when they see an opportunity and they're not participating in that opportunity

they will get angry because they are not included in their own area,” said Bapela.

The residents also handed over a memorandum of demands to Bapela over poor service delivery in the area.

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