The plight of Free State citizens have not fallen on deaf ears.

Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Photo: Katleho Morapela

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says her office is to join hands with the South Africa Local Government Association (SALGA), Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) and Free State Provincial Government to assist people at grassroots level.

Speaking at a community outreach in Thaba Nchu, east of Bloemfontein, this week, Mkhwebane said a memorandum of understanding is to be signed between the three stakeholders before the end of this year.

This after community members complained about a lack of service delivery and poor leadership by the traditional council.

“I met with the minister of Cogta and we agreed that we need to have an MOU, but in that MOU we will also include SALGA.

“In that MOU then we will then determine the timeframes and know which municipalities we will utilize. It does not only include municipalities even traditional councils, therefore it is still a process, but I hope before the end of the year it will be signed. We will then announce which areas we will be starting with”.

Mkhwebane says the signing of the MOU is to enable people in rural areas to have an easy access to her office.

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