PRESS STATEMENT ON COLIGNY SITUATION AND THE SERVICE DELIVERY PROTESTS
The leadership of the AFM of SA views the current situation in Coligny as a matter of serious and grave concern. In this regard, the AFM sends its condolences to the parents and the entire Mosweu family for their tragic loss of their son, Matlhomola Mosweu. Our prayer is that God will soften your pain and strengthen you in dealing with your bereavement. Our hearts go out to all who have suffered damages to and loss of their business or private properties. Our prayer is that somehow you will be able to rebuild these properties.
We call upon all residents of Coligny to exercise maximum restraint in their reactions to the pending case on the death of the 16 years old Matlhomola Mosweu. While we understand your outrage on what has happened, it is of paramount importance that we all do everything in our power to restore law and order in Coligny. Vandalization and destruction of business and private properties must cease.
We are informed that the Court’s decision to grant bail to the accused on the death of Matlhomola is being taken on review. In this regard let us allow the legal process to take its course. We urge that all endeavors towards reconciliation, healing and renewal in the town be pursued.
SERVICE DELIVERY PROTESTS
We are alarmed by the service delivery protests in many of our communities. It is our view that these protests are sparked by unfulfilled promises and lack of basic service delivery. Our politicians should desist from making promises that they are not able to fulfill. It is totally unacceptable that 23 years into democracy, many of our communities are yet to realize promises that were made.
Local Governments should prioritize provision of residences and basic needs of communities in their planning. Communities should receive regular communication from Local Governments on when these needs can be provided. While we accept the right for communities to express their dissatisfactions on unfulfilled promises, we urge all and sundry to do so peacefully. Destruction of properties and attacks on fellow human beings is totally unacceptable and condemned.
We call on our pastors and members to bring these issues before our God the Almighty, through continuous prayer.
STATEMENT ISSUED BY PAST MG MAHLOBO, PRESIDENT OF THE AFM OF SA