Vhembe FM held an election debate that gave the community of Thohoyandou, Limpopo an opportunity to hold political parties accountable for the lack of service delivery.

The debate, held on Monday, 15 April, ran under the theme “Will Poor Service Delivery Come To An End?” This comes after months of tension in the district of Vhembe as residents have been protesting against the lack of clean running water, corruption and mismanagement of municipal funds and the municipal demarcation of Vuwani and Malamulele.

Political parties that participated in the discussion included the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), the African National Congress (ANC), the Economic Freedom Fighters  (EFF), the International Revelation Congress (IRC) and the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC).

Vhembe municipality has a record 63.58% of fruitless and wasteful expenditure which is more than double the figure in other municipalities in Limpopo.

Vuwani drew international attention two years ago when some 30 schools were burnt down as residents demanded to be reincorporated into the Makhado Local Municipality. Residents of the area recently vowed not to participate in the election if their concerns are not addressed.

Click here to listen to the debate, in tshiVenda. – Vhembe FM (edited by Veronica Makhoali)