Mpumalanga residents say they will shut down the Moloto Road. They are tired of delays in the building of the Moloto rail corridor.
They want President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene. Without a rail network, communities are forced to use buses and taxis on the notoriously unsafe road.
The residents say they were promised a railway as far back as 1994.
John Skhosana Ka Mahlangu from African Civic said, “the general feeling of the people in this area is that they are being regarded as second[class] citizens in their own country because they’ve been promised rail for the past 27 years since then nothing has happened.”
“Eight years ago, President Zuma came to the village to assure people that rail is coming and they have allocated budget for that but since then nothing has happened.”
Last month, Mpumalanga residents camped for 22 days on the lawns of the Union Buildings before marching to the Public Protector’s offices to petition for an investigation into the project.