What the ward coun­cil­lor says

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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

North­cliff

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Tri­omf

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Brix­ton

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.”

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Jaco Britz and Nikkie Leibrandt have made their home in the crime-rid­dled sub­urb of Fi­etas

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