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The community of Shongwane queuing for water. Pic Dikgari Ramothata,

We are weary of election promises, says Shongwane community

The government provides us with communal taps

The residents of Shongwane 3, Ga-Monyeki outside Lephalale says they are tired of listening election promises.

“Regardless of their assurances and efforts to win our votes, we will not elect people who don’t have our interest at heart,” said   a group of women queuing for water at communal taps.

One of such gloomy resident is unemployed mother of four children, Aletta Shiko (45).

Speaking to Lephalale Express Online News ahead of the 2019 elections, Shiko complaint on Workers Day that political parties don’t keep their promises.

“Since 1994, the conditions has become poorer. Instead of providing us with better services, the ANC government set up communal taps on our streets, making water available only for a few hours – on Wednesdays from 7am to 1pm.

“I am forced to fill 27 containers [24 litres] to at least last my family for a week. To make matters poorer, I hire donkey cart for R20 to take my stuff home a distance away from a communal tap,” explained Shiko.

Others praised the  ANC, saying in the past it was dangerous to draw water in the nearby crocodile invested Phalala River.

“Today we get water just in front of our houses. The ANC government has also built us RDP houses. We will continue to vote,” they said.

The grumble came in the backdrop of statement made by Democratic Alliance (DA) that it is the only party that can fix Limpopo’s collapsing basic services.

“A lack of connection to water remains the province’s biggest challenge with only 74% of households in Limpopo having connection to pipe water…

“We are concern failing ANC has abandoned the mission to improve the standard of living in Limpopo and goes on to deny residents basic services entitles to them,” added Smalle.

Economic Freedom Fighters Leader, Julius Malema urged rural people to vote for his party, saying he will provide each household with running water – the privilege only enjoyed by whites.

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