Saturday, October 24, 2020

Kgatleng Council comes under fire for un-kept promises

At least 300 disgruntled families are considering taking Kgatleng District Council to court after the local authority failed to compensate them after making way for P79 million worth of  road projects.

On the other hand the council says it is disappointed that the matter has taken such a long time to be resolved.

Disgruntled spokesperson of the families Patrick Ditshwene told this publication that they considered taking legal action against the Council as it has failed them dismally.

He explained that sometime around 2008 they were consulted by the Council about the new internal roads that were going to be constructed in Mochudi.

He said as responsible citizens they were persuaded to pave for project and everybody welcomed the council appeal.

“As responsible people we would not reject developments when they come into our village,” he said.

He said they knew that such a development would require sacrifice on their part.

“Right now our houses have developed huge cracks and some have fallen down. Some people have decided to vacate their houses as they are too dangerous to stay in,” he said.

 He said the affected families have long waited for the Council to assist them to repair the houses but it seems they are fighting a losing battle.

 “As you might be aware most of us affected are the elderly who are now heartbroken. And some have died because of this issue,” he said.  

Ditshwene stated that initially the affected families tried to seek help from the Council individually. But that could not materialise thus they grouped themselves to speak with one voice.

Council chairman Mpho Morolong said it was indeed true that those people have not yet been assisted.

He said as councilors they are not pleased with that.

 He said at this juncture the council is still at loggerheads with the constructor and the matter has been sent for arbitration.

“I am not in a position to suggest when the verdict will be out”.

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