As residents of the Limpopo community host the Freedom Day celebrations, they hope that President Zuma will use this opportunity to listen to their cry for a better service delivery.
Zuma, who is set to make a speech at the Giyani Stadium on this day April 27, will be joined by other African National Congress leaders along with thousands of South Africans under the theme, ”Together Building Better Communities – Local Government Is Everybody’s Business”.
Residents in the rural village of Melatji, Limpopo say they have not been enjoying their rights as free citizens of the country.
One of the Limpopo residents who angrily expressed how life in the village hasn’t improved much said: “I vote but I don’t see the difference in my life.”
The resident s cry for a better service delivery through provision of a basic necessities of life more importantly, in the provision of adequate water and electricity.
However, the executive Mayor Thembisile Nkadimeng said Polokwane is fast becoming an economically thriving metro.
“Today when people say in the old language ‘re ya makgoweng’ they meant Johannesburg “Nkadimeng added.
Nkadimeng however said it’s not been all rosy. “We still have a backlog on sanitation, we are on about 49 percent but we are coming from 17 percent.”
Meanwhile, as people are hopeful for a peaceful celebration, civil society organisations in the province plans to join the celebration with the ambition of pushing forward the call for President Zuma to resign.
The civil society, under the banner of the People’s Assembly, will lend their voices to the growing calls made by prominent figures and organisations after the Constitutional Court found that Zuma failed to uphold the constitution.
The group, which plans to continue with call until Zuma finally steps down, said a march will be held in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The People’s Assembly is a broad coalition of labour, social justice activists, community organisations, environmentalists, students, academics, artists and churches.
Rehad Desai, member of the campaign’s steering committee, said South Africans needed to come together on this.
“We are asking for volunteers, support, sharing of skills and resources. The cracks have opened up, we need to push harder to get Zuma to go; his removal can be the first step in building a more equitable and just SA,” Desai said.
Hence, as Zuma leads the national celebrations, KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu will officiate at the provincial event at the Embuzweni sports field in Ladysmith.