Pensioners cry for better service delivery

Elderly citizens of Ga-Rankuwa, Mabopane and Winterveldt marched to Tshwane House in a service delivery protest.

Pensioners in Ga-Rankuwa, Mabopane and Winterveldt have voiced their concerns about poor service delivery in their communities.

Approximately 80 pensioners, some on crutches and others in wheelchairs, travelled to Tshwane House, the home of the Tshwane metro, in Pretoria Central on Tuesday to complain.

In the memorandum of grievances they submitted, the elderly accused mayor Solly Msimanga and the metro of poor service delivery and neglect.

The pensioners said they were concerned about the health risk of the constant sewage leaks, the lack of electricity and water and dysfunctional street lights.

Gogo Florence Chego, of Winterveldt, said they were worried the municipality prioritised areas where white people lived.

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“It does not care about us, it does not care about the elderly,” said Chego.

She said most ratepayers in the townships were the elderly.

Chego said street lights in her area did not work and the elderly were the main victims of crime.

“There is excessive crime due to this darkness,” she said.

Another pensioner, Dalsy Ngoepe said she had to joined the march to add her voice of concern to those of the other elderly residents.

The elderly said the metro was turning a blind eye to matters that affected their community, citing the metro’s new one bill system that combined water and electricity as an example.

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As the pensioners protested in town, younger residents in other parts of Mabopane, Soshanguve and Winterveldt blockaded roads with rocks and burning tyres and disrupted in more service delivery protests.

Frustrated motorists and commuters were left stranded unable to get to work.

The pensioners said they wanted Msimanga to look into their concerns and address them urgently.

MMC for housing and human settlements Mandla Nkomo received the memorandum on behalf of the mayor, who was on leave.

“We’ll respond within the stipulated 14-day period.”


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