Photo: Vulani Baloyi

By: Vulani Baloyi

Makosha residents in Giyani embarked on a service delivery protest on Wednesday in demand of tar road, and running clean water although they are neighbouring Nsami Dam.

According to a facebook post shared on Tuesday, a community mass meeting was called. Giyani View understands that members of the community planned to start a total shut down after the meeting held on Tuesday.

A protest which lasted for hours left communters stranded in the community and other villages which make use of Thomo-Mangombe road to Giyani Town.

Communters had to make use of alternative roads to Town. Alfred Rikhotso from Mninginisi block 3 village outside the town of Giyani said, he had meetings to attend to in Giyani town and he had to postpone all of his meetings.

“It wasn’t safe at all to utilize the Thomo-Mangombe road”.

However, the protest action ended after members of the community met with Greater Giyani Municipality Councillor Basani Shivambu to recieve a memorandum.

Giyani Police spokesperson Captain Magezi Khosa said community members barricaded roads with burning tyres, stones and rubbles.

“We haven’t experienced fatalities, and their protest ended peacefully after Councillor Shivambu had receive the memorandum. The protesters dispersed without casualties nor damages,” khosa added.

Meanwhile Giyani Municipality spokesperson, Steven Mavunda said, the protest was unnecessary as there are major resolutions taken by the Homu committee development structures working in conjunction with the Chief in the area which specific looks into the matter.

“The Municipality has made a pronouncement that by this September, Makosha village alone we will advertise a tender and after 3 months which is next year January, we will appoint the contractor to commence with the work.”

Mavunda confirmed that councillor Shibambu has on Wednesday accepted the memorandum and that the Municipality will respond within the 14 days period.

“I think there are those who are exagaratting everything here because the committee and the municipality representatives had a meeting in June this year and pronouncement of the services delivery has been made by the municipality,” concluded Mavunda.