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Free State community protests for eradication of bucket system [video]

The residents also want increased job opportunities.

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Residents of Botshabelo, an informal settlement in Free State, have taken to the streets, calling on the local government to act decisively in eradicating informal ablution systems.

Watch: Botshabelo residents call for eradication of bucket system

Scores of the township’s residents took to the streets on Friday.

A large part of the area still relies on the bucket system and residents are fed up with the neglect they have experienced from the local municipality.

Moreover, according to reports on the ground, the residents are also calling on the government to fast-track the launch of industrial businesses as a measure of addressing the rampant scale of unemployment in the township.

At this time, no arrests have been made and Free State police have been deployed to the area to monitor the protest.

Ramaphosa promises to fix broke service delivery system

The protests take place a day after President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA 2020). Informing the nation on the state of the country, Ramaphosa took the frank approach in conceding to the fact that fundamental change was needed in changing things around in South Africa.

He admitted that municipalities play a crucial role in improving the lives of South Africans.

Part of the plan to addressing service delivery issues was to increase support to local government and “strengthen the capacity of municipalities.”

“It is only when the structured support has failed that the provincial executive or national government will invoke a Section 139 intervention. Currently, there are 40 municipalities in the country subjected to such intervention.

“The measures that will be taken will complement the objectives of the new district-based model of development, that seeks to take an integrated approach to` service delivery,” he said.