When Cross Border Municipalities were abolished, the area known as Moutse was transferred to the Limpopo Province.
The people of Moutse, or at least some of them, took to the streets to register their unhappiness and to protest against that decision. Property was damaged and schooling was disrupted.
On 27th and 28th September 2009, a referendum was held to test the views of the community on whether they wanted to belong to Limpopo or Mpumalanga.
They went in their numbers to all IEC Voting Stations in the Elias Motsoaledi and Ephraim Mogale Municipalities. The process was observed by the Demarcation Board and Political Party Agents. We are informed that there was a high Voter turnout, and the whole exercise went on smoothly and peacefully.
Fourteen months after that exercise, the Department of Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs, which organized the poll, has not released the results. Our own agents inform us that 75 % of those who voted chose to go to Mpumalanga.
While we applaud the Department for seeking the views of the People, we are disappointed that the results have been withheld.
South Africa is a Democratic State, and we are informed that we have a Government based on the WILL OF THE PEOPLE, a Government of the People, by the People, for the People.
The saying “Vaux Populi, Vaux Dei”, or “the voice of the People is the voice of God”, should ring true, even in the case of Moutse.
The People have spoken. The Nation must be told what the People of Moutse have said, and what Government is going to do about it.