BPM: We will take care of neglected villages

Residents of Xilinxa and areas surrounding Ngqamakhwe under the Mnquma Municipality celebrating Human Rights Day on Tuesday at a BPM event. PICTURE: BPM

When it comes to receiving government services, villages are among the places that are overlooked; nevertheless, when it comes to voting, they are the ones that participate and are targeted by politicians. That is why the Batho Pele Movement (BPM) decided to focus on the villages.

To commemorate Human Rights Day on Tuesday, the party travelled to Xilinxa village in Ngqamakhwe, part of the Mnquma Municipality.

BPM was founded in 2021, and its founder Veliswa Mvenya stated that she chose the villages because they are underutilized and only considered when it comes time to vote.

Residents of Xilinxa and areas surrounding Ngqamakhwe under the Mnquma Municipality celebrating Human Rights Day on Tuesday at a BPM event. PICTURE: BPM

She stated that on the public holiday, as BPM, they were teaching residents about their rights, the importance of voting, how to vote, why they should vote, and which services they should receive.

“The fact that the event is theirs, and that they organized it and paid for it, made the public delighted on this particular day.

“We also teach them what is important in politics because even if you say you do not want politics, it will still follow you. That is why we include them, and we want them to be careful not to be cheated and to know their rights,” Mvenya explained.

Mvenya stated that they teach people about their rights and responsibilities in the political system.

She stated that the event was attended by residents from all villages surrounding Xilinxa, not just Xilinxa and Ward 19.

Residents of Xilinxa and areas surrounding Ngqamakhwe under the Mnquma Municipality celebrating Human Rights Day on Tuesday at a BPM event. PICTURE: BPM