The Congress of South African Trade Unions in Limpopo deplores the burning and closure of schools in Malamulele as part of protest actions to demand a separate municipality.
Whilst we support the genuine demands of the community, in particular better services, we condemn with the gest possible terms the burning and closure of schools. As COSATU in Limpopo we are planning to convene meetings with stakeholders in the province with a view to convince the Malamulele Task team to reconsider their total shutdown and at least allow schools to open.
It is our belief that whatever the irritations and demands communities may have, let us not jeopardise the future of our children and let us not destroy our own infrastructure.
In the same breath, we must hasten to mention that the Malamulele debacle is a clear indication of deep-rooted crisis facing local government in the country and our province in particular. Most municipalities are struggling to be self-sustainable, depending largely on grants, struggling to provide basic services to their communities etc.
We therefore support the notion that the Minister and the MEC responsible for local government in Limpopo Province must conduct a detailed assessment of the state of local government in the Province, including the impact of the current municipal boundaries in enabling the municipalities to fulfil their Constitutional obligations.
The people of Malamulele must be assisted to arrive at determinations and decisions that are sustainable and will contribute towards nation building and the strategic objectives of our national democratic revolution.
Issued by COSATU Limpopo
For more information contact Gerald Mkhomazi Twala, COSATU Provincial Secretary at 071 587 2872
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions