By Rodney Mashego
Hundreds of members of the Better Residents Association (BRA) marched under the scorching sun to hand over a memorandum of grievances on behalf of the community of Bushbuckridge on Tuesday the 18th of September 2018 at the Bushbuckridge Police Station.
The memorandum was directed to three bodies, namely; South African Police Service, South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) as well as the South African Post Office (SAPO).
“BRA would like to bring to attention the following issues which they believe that they affect the social lives of the community of Bushbuckridge negatively, compromising their rights to safety and security, and contributing to the injustice of some community members,” the memorandum reads.
“We also would like to submit on behalf of the SASSA beneficiaries, including our senior citizens and people with disabilities on the relocation of the SASSA pay-points without consulting the relevant stakeholders.”
BRA also said in the memorandum that the lack of security on the new pay-points led to the loss of a life of one senior citizen who died because of fright during the cash-in transit robbery that took place at OBC Butchery at the Bushbuckridge complex a few weeks ago.
It was also mentioned that they are concerned with the lack of water and sanitation at the Post Office. Speaking at the official handover, the leader of BRA Delta Mokoena said, “We want to fix Bushbuckridge to be a better place for us all. How can we achieve that if we don’t work together?”
Other mentioned issues in the memorandum include apparent outstanding cases “with sufficient evidence” within the SAPS which BRA has recommended that the police should attend to with immediate effect.
All the relevant bodies have received the memorandum, and also agreed to give feedback within 21 days.