The Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, David Mahlobo, and the Deputy Minister for Transport, Dikeledi Magadzi, visited the Mangaung Metro Municipalitythis morning, where they were presented with overviews of the current affairs relating to the Coronavirus pandemic and gender-based violence, among other issues.
The deputy ministers were welcomed as the Mangaung District Champions deployed by cabinet. They were welcomed by the acting mayor, Lebohonag Masoetsa, MEC for Police Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini (who stood in for Free State Premier, Sisi Ntombela) as well as other MECs.
The MEC of Health, Montseng Tsiu, gave an overview of how the province has been dealing with Covid-19 after the first case was reported on 16 March 2020. A representative from the department of Social Development gave a report on the challenges they have been facing during lockdown with the rapid increase of gender-based violence in the province and what they are doing to support victims and how they have linked up with the South African Police Service.
The Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, David Mahlobo, told those present at the gathering that they have been deployed to serve the people of the Free State and not to be served by them. Mahlobo also said they are here to support and work together with local government on issues such as service delivery, racism as well as the second pandemic that the country is facing: Gender-based violence.
The deputy-minsters will undertake engagements with non-governmental organisations, community policing forums, religious leaders and other key stakeholders on Covid-19 and gender-based violence challenges in the Mangaung Metro.
The Mangaung District Champions’ visit will focus on Covid-19, Gender-Based Violence and other service delivery-related issues to be escalated by the stakeholders. –