There will be no service delivery provided in the rural villages of Ga-Seleka as long as ousted Chief Phetogo David Seleka is not in the office.
This is the stern warning by community leaders and supporters of the former acting chief, dethroned by the Royal Family at the Polokwane High Court earlier this year.
Community spokesperson Jan Moselane told Lephalale Express Online News on Wednesday, the ousted chief is the only person to allow the projects, saying if he is not in the office, service delivery will be on hold.
“If he is not in the office nothing will happen. It will remain closed,” said Moselane.
On Tuesday, the community barred ANC local councilor [Ward 12] Moshidi Molekwa from entering the community hall to address the residents about Lephalale Municipality’s project to build toilets in the village.
According to Molekwa, the funds of the project came from Department of Water and Sanitation for the current 2018/19 financial year to enable the municipality to provide better services to the communities.
“The ongoing project would create 15 temporary jobs to build 180 toilets for the identified beneficiaries,” added Molekwa.
Meanwhile, Moselane said the community has resolved to march to Lephalale Municipality on June 15, 2018, to demand answers from the Mayor Jack Moloko Maeko.
“Maeko was fighting for Kgosi Phetogo to become a chief. That was before he became the mayor. To our surprise he is now distancing himself,” said Moselane.
Moselane claimed during their visits to other small villages to inform them about the situation at Ga-Seleka, they found out that Maeko and other individuals were influencing those people not support their course.
“He is telling people that whatever is happening at Ga-Seleka is the influence by Economic Freedom Fighters,” added Moselane.
In a bid to support ousted chief, Moselane said the community has taken a resolution to raise funds through donations [R70] to pay for his legal fees, saying we are doing this because he [Phetogo] was protecting the interest of the community.
“We will pay for his owed high court legal fees and for the Supreme Court of Appeal to fight Polokwane High Court judgment expelling him as acting chief. We will make sure the remaining amount will help us travel to Bloemfontein to support him,” said Moselane.
He said the community paid for their legal representative and bail following their arrest and subsequently charged with public violence and malicious damage to property.
Their arrest follows an incident which took place at Ga-Seleka village outside Lephalale where four trucks and a bus were burnt to ashes during violent protest on May 8, 2018.