ANGRY residents of Phokeng, outside Rustenburg, say they are neglected by Bafokeng governance.
The community marched to the Royal Bafokeng Administration (RBA) on Thursday, 10 March to voice their concerns.
This follows recent protests by the community against local mines, demanding job opportunities, business opportunities and community development.
On Thursday, they handed over their memorandum of demands to the RBA.
Community leader Koifi Morwane said the Bafokeng Administration has the power to bring change to the people, however, they have chosen not to get involved in the daily issues faced by the community.
He said they demanded a meeting with Chief Leruo Molotlegi to address community grievances.
Speaking to Daily Sun, Koifi said they asked that the chief of the Bafokeng nation intervened in issues related to the lack of job creation by local mines.
“Many young people are unemployed, though we regard ourselves as a wealthy nation,” said Koifi.
“Bafokeng should be first priority before outsiders are given job and business opportunities. Another pandemic we are facing is the lack of water. We need solutions.
“It should come to an end that Bafokeng governance prioritises certain parts of Phokeng while others are left to suffer. The favouritism must stop.”
Kebalepile Mokgethi from the RBA accepted the memorandum.
Mokgethi said they will revert back to the community. “We will give our response by next Thursday (17 March).”
— Daily Sun