In response, the Makhado Municipality's director of community services, Mr Peter Magwala, said that there is at this stage a minimum of two taxi accidents per month, claiming on average two to three lives.He expressed his condolences towards family members of those who lost their lives and again appealed to road users to adhere to traffic rules and regulations.
"Our people are dying because of many road users' ignorance," he said.He added that one life lost in an accident is one life to many and that road users must, in light of this latest accident, realize what can happen as a result of negligent driving.Magwala also said that the municipality will continue to work with the Department of Roads and Transport to address the matter.
Makhado Municipality's official spokesperson, Mr Peter Magwala, said on Monday that all members of the committee are chosen by the mayor by virtue of the powers given to her by council, according to a resolution of council.The council's resolution was adopted on April 12 at a special council meeting.
Mr Magwala said that the committee had developed and adopted an action plan which would guide the whole process."In accordance with this action plan, members of the committee will interact with a lot of stakeholders to inform them about the process of renaming and how it is going to unfold."He said that he would make the action plan available to the Zoutpansberger but nothing had been received at the time of going to press. When asked why the Chairpersons Association was not represented on the committee, Magwala said that the committee was composed of councillors."This committee is going to consult sufficiently with all stakeholders; it does not necessarily require them to be part of the committee.Just imagine how big the committee would be if all stakeholders were part of the committee," Magwala said.The initial committee comprised two traditional leaders, six ANC councillors, one UDM councillor and one ACDP councillor. Concerning the freedom or not of the Democratic Alliance to appoint their own representatives on other portfolio committees, Magwala said: "If legislation says that the party may submit their names, that will be done.
The fact that the colours of the old regime were utilized is a clear indication that the culprits are still living in the old order," said Mr Peter Magwala, the Makhado Municipality's Director of Corporate Services.Magwala continued to state that "this is a clear provocation and insult, not only to the Makhado Municipality, but the nation as a whole.It has to be emphasized, however, that the barbaric act will not in any way divert our attention of totally and fundamentally transforming this municipality.The process of nation building will continue even after this ugly incident.What is of critical importance is that we have received messages of support from members of all communities, including the white community as well."
Magwala mentions the fact that several members of the white community volunteered to clean the statue at their own cost. "This means that the people must not view the incident as a white against black affair," said Magwala.In the meantime, the Makhado Municipality expressed the hope that the South African Police Service will succeed in apprehending the culprits.Magwala called upon residents to come forward if they have any information about the incident.
MAKHADO - The press release made by Mr Peter Magwala, the Municipality's Director: Corporate Services, in the Zoutpansberger of September 16 on page three is an embarrassment, not only to the Makhado Municipality, but to all the residents within the Vhembe Municipality District.
This was the view of the Chairperson's Association (CA) who reacted to the municipal press release this week and in particular to the phrase "forces of darkness", referring to those who oppose the name change. The CA said that it seems from this press release that Mr Magwala is stating by implication that the CA, consisting of 17 church denominations and 51 prominent organizations, representing 87 500 members of the Indian, Buysdorp, Afrikaans, English, Venda and Shangaan communities and cultural groups, to be "forces of darkness" because they dared to challenge the politicians and authorities in a Court of Law.
Peter Magwala, the Makhado municipal spokesperson, says the Sand River bridge has also been vandalised while the town's municipal offices have been spray-painted.Last month, King Makhado's statue was painted in the colours of the apartheid flag.
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