The concerned community of Thaba Nchu started a peaceful march from Zone 2 to Moroka Hospital, then to the Mmabana Cultural Centre and the municipality on Monday. The residents handed over a memorandum of underdevelopment in Thaba Nchu with the title: Gosiame bagaesho, it’s enough.
Their memorandum touched on issues of underdevelopment in the town; the decaying state of the Mmabana Cultural Centre; and Bokgosi vs Municipality. The march had a strong presence of traffic officers and police.
Tsietsi Sekese, march convenor, told Bloemfontein Courant that this a Thaba Nchu community march without any political elements. “We’ve kept quiet for a long time and we feel this the right time for our voice to be heard by our Free State government, to intervene so that the economy of our home town can improve. The former premier, Ace Makgashule, during his previous SOPAs said the factories in Thaba Nchu would be renovated but two years later eighteen of them where demolished without saying anything to us as the community,” Sekese said.
He added that they are worried about the decaying state of the Mmabana Cultural Centre. “We are struggling with a lack of equipment, which makes it difficult for our children to continue to represent Thaba Nchu in national and international tournaments, now our children have no place to go after school,” he concluded. – Lebakeng Nkabi