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‘We will boycott elections’

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Voter registration could not take place over the weekend after the voting station in Holpan was locked by community members

STRUCTURE: The open-air clinic which has no privacy. Picture: Supplied

HOLPAN residents have vowed not to make their mark on any ballot paper unless they receive decent service delivery before the upcoming national general elections.

Voter registration could not take place over the weekend after the voting station in Holpan was locked by community members.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had indicated that it was forced to close down the voting station on the weekend following disruptions that were staged by community members.

The community’s list of demands include proper housing, mass lights, flush toilets and a library as well as more efficient basic service delivery from Dikgatlong Municipality.

Residents said they refused to register over the weekend, while they would also not vote in the national general elections unless they saw a marked improvement in the development of the area.

Community members yesterday added that they wanted a proper clinic, not the open-air structure that they currently have to use, which has no privacy.

“Medication is sometimes transported to Holpan by a mobile clinic. We sit and listen to each other’s ailments while we are receiving treatment because there are no doors or partitions in the structure. We would also like proper roads as the ambulances struggle to navigate the gravel roads. Service delivery is failing us.”

They said that they were addressed by members of the ANC regional committee and the Dikgatlong mayor over the weekend, where they tried to persuade them to co-operate, but they were not interested in hearing any “empty promises”.

“They are supposed to report back to the community but we are not sure when. We are tired of being used just for our votes, while our concerns constantly fall on deaf ears. No one is prepared to hear our cries for electricity, water, toilets and houses as we are told that we are residing on private property. We are never considered or included in volunteer projects, learnerships and job employment schemes.”

The ANC Frances Baard region did not respond to media enquiries by the time of going to print.