What the ward councillor says
Ward 58 councillor Jerry Musesi rubbishes the view of many Fietas residents that he and the ANC have failed them. He insists his party has done enough and says he’s confident that the ANC will come back smiling after this year’s local government elections.
Musesi won the ward from the DA in a 2014 byelection by 6.61%.
He does concede that much can be done to increase service delivery in the neighbourhood, but blames the hold-up on the city’s utility management, which administers those services.
“That area was a special project during apartheid, it is not easy to break the cycle there. There are a lot of coloureds and whites, as you can see,” he says.
“Many who stay there do not pay the City of Joburg for its services because they do not want to support this government.”
Speaking to residents is difficult because “they do not come peacefully”, he adds.
Drug abuse is one of the largest problems, he says, adding that his intelligence sources revealed that some police officers in the area
Nasrec were in cahoots with some of the dealers.
“We have asked the shop owners to install cameras that cannot easily be seen so that we can get footage of the bad cops and go from there. Often, we find that the police confiscate drugs only to go and sell them to other suppliers they are close to.”
Musesi is frank about the inadequate drainage system, which means children often play in sewage. He says the department of housing is looking into the poor maintenance of council houses, but tight budgets make it difficult to get progress.
As part of his contribution to the community, he says he helps parents with late school registrations.
“Most of our youngsters are loitering on the streets. They end up doing the wrong things because they have nothing to do.”
But he laughs off residents’ vows not to vote.
“They have never voted. How do you say voting doesn’t work and you won’t do it when you have never voted? Young ones are just young ones; we have also been young.”
Jaco Britz and Nikkie Leibrandt have made their home in the crime-riddled suburb of Fietas