On Thursday, Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha, who visited the Mookogopong stadium to address the residents received a hostile reception from community residents.
The persistent mayhem unleashed by Modimolle and Mookgophong, Southern Limpopo residents has become a source of worry to Limpopo government.
The premier was in the area to sort out issues relating to service delivery and agitations by residents for the dismissal of two mayors.
Mathabatha had earlier addressed the media outside the Mookgophong police station before heading to the local stadium to meet the warring residents.
The maddening protesters had earlier demanded that police should not be part of the mass gathering following the death of a local township resident, who was allegedly shot and killed by a private security guard on Monday.
When the residents saw a police nyala coming, they got disappointed and in a blink of an eye, they shut the main entrance of the local stadium.
At that point, premier Mathabatha and his delegation got trapped inside the stadium for a short time.
After locking the stadium, the youths were seen diving into the police vehicle.
Not long after, the premier jumped into his car amid chaos while community members hurled insults at them.
He actually fled for his dear life without addressing the mammoth crowd.
Be that as it may, Mathabatha must have infuriated the youths after he had earlier said that presentation by the municipal manager in Modimolle showed that all the community’s concerns regarding water and electricity problems had been addressed.
“We are confident that we have managed to meet the demands of the community,” the premier said.
He also acknowledged that Mookgophong community had raised close to 20 issues, including water shortages, the condition of roads and corruption at the municipality.
And that corruption allegations against mayor Meisie Lekalakala and municipal officials by Modimolle community would be looked into.
Modimolle residents had waited for Mathabatha to give them feedback on Lekalakala’s corruption case. But, the angry residents would not be informed about the case.
On Thursday, community leaders in Modimolle refused to meet Mathabatha at the Waterberg district municipal offices in town, demanding that he meet them in the township.
Community leader Alfred Maremane said: “The premier must come here to the township. No one is fighting him, he will be protected.”
We will recall that in the course of the persistent protests, residents set fire to buildings, including a house owned by Mookgophong mayor Sarah Monyamane.
Limpopo police spokesperson Ronel Otto said the mayor’s house was attacked in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with an assortment of objects thrown at the house.
Meanwhile, as of yesterday, a large contingent of police officers were seen monitoring the areas.