Don't marginalise yourselves - Makhura

Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Monday urged the residents of Reiger Park on the East Rand not to marginalise themselves.

"Do not allow yourselves to be marginalised, South Africa is your country too," Makhura told residents during a visit to the area.

"Don't allow anyone to marginalise you from this government. See yourself as a South African and not a coloured South African."

"The coloured community felt they were not white enough during apartheid and now under the current government must not feel that they are not black enough. This community will never be marginalised. We promised Taegrin Morris [4-year old boy killed during a botched hijacking in the township] that this community must be on the same level as others," he said.

This weekend police said they found the body of a boy at a mine dump in the area. They are conducting tests to establish whether it is of the child Cuburne Lavone van Wyk who went missing on 6 August.

His father Elroy Peterson has confirmed that it was Cuburne, after viewing his body at the morgue.

Makhura also spoke to residents about poverty and unemployment. He said these knew no colour and it was up to the community to stick together to bring an end to both.


People needed to be empowered and the only way to do that was to revive the township's economy.

Makhura said the area had an economy of R2 billion but the money was not circulating in the township.

"We must ask ourselves where the money is going. We are taking money out of the township and taking it to town."

Township residents should organise themselves and supply government with some of the services it required for daily operations.

He gave an example of feeding schemes at schools and said the food should be bought from locals within the vicinity of the schools.

Economic Development MEC Lebogang Maile echoed these sentiments and said government had to support small, micro to medium enterprises in the townships to ensure job creation.

Most townships in the country had the capacity to produce and manufacture goods that could inject cash-flow into the area.

"We must also look at creating a market in neighbouring townships, provinces, and Africa for SMMEs to thrive," Maile said.


Andrew Terr 2014-08-11 09:41:26 PM
Lies,you don't give a damn except for votes.
Nita Jacobs 2014-08-11 09:46:11 PM
WTH? Seriously this aint about colour this is about violence against a child. Stop having stupid talks and go catch the bad guys.
On The Edge 2014-08-11 09:56:24 PM
What hypocrites, the ANC has lost Reiger Park to the DA... and they know it and want make as if they give a hoot... Focus on the mater at hand and really start treating Coloureds as equals and maybe just maybe their gangster-style behavior will lesson... But as Nita states, start by catching the bad guys and get rid of the segregation... black, white, coloured, yellow, red, you name it, get over it! We will never see eye to eye but that itself is an opinion a d as such it is your and my right to have one... and if you dont like it, tough... you certainly cannot force your opinion on me or others unless you are a bully and dictator...
lacrimosewolf 2014-08-11 10:03:07 PM
More in the same vein "people must (or in this case must not)" etc. Another community thoroughly marginalised by the politicos and now it's their fault. It's enough now. The playbook is there for all to see. From Reiger Park to all the communities who have suffered deaths from rapists, murderers, cholera and just plain disinterest. We're onto you now. Only when enough die or die particularly horrific deaths occur, is interest shown. The Alliance admitted last year that their neglect and disinterest was the underlying cause of so much misery in this, the New South Africa. Yet still they have some secret quota system before they shift their hefty behinds - to a microphone and press conference. It is the poverty of WILL of this 20yr old government that has marginalised, segregated and utterly ruined the ideals of a South Africa which belongs to all who live here. How very dare you try put yet another failure of basic infrastructure, social welfare, education, policing, courts and prisons, onto the people of Reiger Park. Or anywhere else. Stop playing your political games and get down to work - fulfill 100yrs of promises and blind sacrifice. Or go
Teko Mohaeka 2014-08-11 10:15:00 PM
Pakistanis and Somalians come here and take over tuck shops in the townships,where do they get the money. Our government allows foreigners to sabotage our only means of survival then they blame our laziness.
On The Edge 2014-08-11 10:28:06 PM
Teko, that is a good point you raised, how is it that you cannot start your own tuck shop in your township? I agree that government has not looked into this successful business model and trained you to ru your own business with the funding that they so readily have at their disposal. Why can't your government (I say yours because I'm white and it's been made abundantly clear that I don't belong hear according to the ANC and the EFF) help you own shops that flourish, farms that prosper and so on... Simply put and in no way being xenophobic, rather have locals own spaza shops in township, cities and rural areas than Pakistanis... this will also prevent the senseless vandalism when locals own these shops... Wake up Back Africans and demand that your government spends our taxes wisely and on your betterment, not just their own self serving needs...
Sokhela Sakhile 2014-08-11 10:52:03 PM
Its really not about the colour its a bout the lost innocent life and the pain the parents are going through. I can't imagine what the family and friends are handling this its horrible. They'll get through this dark confusing cloud and the calprit should be made an example In court.
Sokhela Sakhile 2014-08-11 10:52:29 PM
Its really not about the colour its a bout the lost innocent life and the pain the parents are going through. I can't imagine what the family and friends are handling this its horrible. They'll get through this dark confusing cloud and the calprit should be made an example In court he should not see light again.
On The Edge 2014-08-12 05:17:46 AM
Yeah, right back at you "Antie Zille"... Truth hurts, doesn't it, especially when your comprehensive skills are seriously lacking, you incompetent Neanderthal...