IFP: Groot Marico Residents in North West Decry Government Neglect

May 10, 2024 | Press Releases

Residents of Ward 19 in Groot Marico, Zeerust, under Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality, within the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality in the North West Province, say that as the country celebrates 30 years of democracy, they have not enjoyed its benefits since its inception due to neglect by the ANC-led government.

Residents voiced their concerns during a community engagement with IFP leaders who are on a campaign trail in the North West Province.

“We are shocked that in our country, there are still people living in abject poverty. The community is in pain. Residents feel isolated and neglected, considering themselves an abandoned community. The government just dumped us here to fend for ourselves. We need to return to our land. We want our land back,” said a resident.

They expressed disappointment with the incompetent ANC government, citing neglect in terms of development, including the absence of crucial social infrastructure such as clinics, police stations, toilets, and adequate housing, with many still residing in shacks. They also highlighted the lack of job opportunities and clean water supply in the area.

“We must acknowledge that our country is in disarray. The ANC has attempted but failed to achieve a better life for all. Its only apparent success lies in self-enrichment. It is time to focus on saving our country from total ruin. The woes of Groot Marico typify South Africa’s anguish. In towns across the country under ANC-led municipalities, service delivery has come to a halt,” added a community member.

The IFP calls upon all residents in the country to hold the ANC accountable for its failures since the dawn of democracy, urging them to vote for change on Election Day, 29th May 2024, as a means to express their frustration peacefully through the ballot box, rather than resorting to violent service delivery protests.

Furthermore, the IFP delegation proceeded to Marikana, where they were dismayed by the poor state of roads. Mines are failing to maintain roads adequately, evident in the gravel road from Marikana to Sibanye Stillwater Mine, which is riddled with potholes.

The prevalence of pothole-ridden roads in Marikana and other parts of the country is increasingly alarming and concerning, leading to high transportation costs and safety risks.

The IFP believes that communities should benefit from mining operations.

Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL
IFP National Chairperson
078 290 5842

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