The Premier of Limpopo, Mr Stanley Mathabatha said his government will not hesitate to act against officials and politicians who are implicated in the looting of the VBS bank. “We cannot just go out and start charging people without tangible evidence. We have commissioned a forensic investigation that will present its findings. After this report with all the facts and evidence of who did what is released, heads will then roll.”

The premier was addressing community members and stakeholders during his Limpopo Provincial Executive Committee Imbizo that was held at Masisi Community Hall, under ward 12 of Musina Municipality. Mathabatha was accompanied by the MEC for the Department of Education Mr Ishmael Kgetjepe, MEC for the Department of Public Works, Road and Infrastructure Nandi Ndalane, MEC for the Department of Transport and Community Safety Makoma Makhurupetje, MEC for the Department of Social Development Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana, MEC for Treasury Rob Tooley, MEC for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Baisikopo Makamu and Musina Mayor Cllr Mihloti Muhlope.

Representatives from all 12 wards of Musina Municipality were given the opportunity to make their presentations in relation to service delivery. Issues raised in all wards included challenges in relation to water supply, roads, housing, unemployment, shortage of hospitals, clinics and medication, crime, the influx of undocumented foreign nationals and lack of government and municipal satellite offices.

Issues which were a competency of the local municipality were responded to by the local mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope while the MEC’s responded to all issues that concerns their respective departments.

When giving an overall response, Premier Mathabatha said his government is doing its best to improve the lives of the ordinary citizens. “Despite challenges of the resources, our administration has done well in terms of delivering better services to our people. We are happy that representatives of stakeholders have made positive representations for us to improve service delivery. We are also excited that communities are satisfied with the level of improved service delivery although there are challenges.  We can all agree that our province is now better than it was in 1994. I will make sure that all issues raised are attended to as a matter of urgency. The relevant departments, district municipality and the local municipality will work tirelessly to resolve your issues.”

The Mayor of Musina, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope thanked the Executive Council for coming to interact with the people of Musina. “This is what we call inclusive democracy where ordinary people engage directly with their leaders. This Imbizo will help to accelerate service delivery in Musina.”

Binky Sifake is one of the community representatives who made a presentation during the imbizo. He said: “We are very delighted that we were afforded the opportunity to talk directly with the Premier, MECs and the local mayor. This is a clear indication that our government is serious about service delivery.”

One of the community representatives, Binky Sifake raise service delivery issues during the Limpopo Provincial Government EXCO imbizo at Masisi community hall.