Malamulele residents urged to avoid destructive protests

Malamulele - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi urged residents of Malamulele in Limpopo to refrain from engaging in protests that result in the destruction of property.

“As a Member of Parliament (MP) deployed in this region… I am here to serve you. I am your link to Parliament. I urge the community of Malamulele to use the Parliamentary Constituency Office to report service delivery challenges and avoid destructive protests.

“As we will be servicing all people, irrespective of their political affiliation, we believe that our people will begin to realise that there are productive ways of responding and expressing their frustrations.

“In a democratic environment, it is only peaceful and non-violent protests that will drive change in the area,” she said.

Minister Muthambi officially opened the Malamulele Parliamentary Constituency Office on Thursday.

Violent protests erupted in the area last year with residents demanding their own municipality, claiming that the Thulamela municipality was not prioritising them in service delivery. Four schools were set alight during the protests.

Hosi Busa Nxumalo, a senior traditional leader in Malamulele and chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders in Vhembe, said the parliamentary office will bring people together to deal with pertinent issues relating to service delivery.

“As traditional leaders, we are going to support this office all the way. We have already signed a memorandum of understanding with the Minister that we are going to work together. To us this office is a bridge between government and the people, where residents will be able to air their views and challenges.”

The Parliamentary Constituency Office serves as the centre of information on government programmes. It will also be a link to government so there can be direct contact and communication.

Parliamentary Constituency Offices play a vital role in enabling the public to become active citizens and to take part in parliamentary activities. During Parliamentary Constituency Weeks, MPs and Member of Provincial Legislatures (MPLs) have a duty to be available to the public; help solve problems, and report back to their constituents on what is happening in Parliament.

The parliamentary calendar sets aside regular periods for MPs to spend in their constituencies to do constituency work. During that period, members visit their constituencies and check on government programmes.