Com­mu­nity up in arms over road up­grades

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Thando Ndlovu and Muzi Zin­c­ume

‘ENOUGH is enough! We have been wait­ing for so long for you to bring the of­fi­cials from the Depart­ment of Trans­port to tell us why we are ne­glected.’

These words were directed at Ward 6 Coun­cil­lor Joseph Ndi­mande on Fri­day by Bhe­jane Re­serve res­i­dents protest­ing against empty prom­ises about road up­grades in their area.

The res­i­dents de­mand that the P499 be up­graded as they claim the road be­comes near im­pass­able dur­ing rainy days.

They say at pre­vi­ous meet­ings with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, dur­ing which they raised their con­cerns and em­pha­sised the need for the road to be tarred, Ndi­mande promised to bring Depart­ment of Trans­port of­fi­cials to ad­dress them about their de­mands. This did not hap­pen.

Dur­ing Fri­day’s protest scores of chil­dren were pre­vented from at­tend­ing school as the road was com­pletely blocked with burn­ing tyres and logs.

Ndi­mande said he un­der­stood the com­mu­nity’s frus­tra­tions and their griev­ances were valid, but re­quested them to stop the protest.

Af­ter a long con­ver­sa­tion in the mid­dle of the road, res­i­dents agreed to grant Ndi­mande seven days to get Depart­ment of Trans­port of­fi­cials to ad­dress the com­mu­nity.

Thando Ndlovu

Coun­cil­lor Joseph Ndi­mande en­gages the an­gry protesters on Fri­day

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