Com­mu­nity warned against van­dal­ism

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Thando Ndlovu

MANDENI Mu­nic­i­pal Speaker, Cllr Makhosazana Zungu has is­sued a stern warn­ing to com­mu­nity mem­bers who con­tinue to van­dalise gov­ern­ment prop­erty, in the name of ser­vice de­liv­ery protests.

Zungu, who was speak­ing at a sod turn­ing event held at Shekem­buya Crèche, said while the right to protest was guar­an­teed in the Con­sti­tu­tion, peo­ple must act with a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

‘We should at all times en­sure that we don’t de­prive or in­fringe on other peo­ple’s rights when em­bark­ing on ser­vice de­liv­ery protests.

‘We are not say­ing peo­ple should not en­gage in com­mu­nity protests, but those protests should not be­come vi­o­lent.’The van­dal­ism and dam­age to prop­erty and in­fra­struc­ture can­not be tol­er­ated,’ she said.

Zungu also re­as­sured res­i­dents that out­stand­ing is­sues re­lat­ing to the wa­ter cri­sis would be ad­dressed.

‘We are also here to re­solve the cri­sis cre­ated by the pre­vi­ous con­trac­tors, who were as­signed to fix wa­ter re­lated is­sues for all iSithebe wards, par­tic­u­larly Wards 6, 7, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18,’ she said.

The event was a joint part­ner­ship with iLembe Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

ILembe Dis­trict Mayor Cllr Sduduzo Gumede said his mu­nic­i­pal­ity was fo­cused on fix­ing prob­lems re­lated to iN­dulinde Wa­ter Sup­ply Scheme, a project which he said would take about nine months to com­plete.

‘I wish to warn res­i­dents of the af­fected wards not to dis­turb the project. I will be fail­ing in my du­ties, if I don’t an­nounce that job op­por­tu­ni­ties will be cre­ated in this re­gard,’ said the mayor.

Also present at the event were ward coun­cil­lors of iSithebe in all af­fected wards, iLembe Deputy Mayor Cllr Dolly Shandu, iLembe Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Speaker Cllr Lucky Makhathini.

At the sod turn­ing were V Mathonsi from Mathonsi Tra­di­tional Coun­cil, Ilembe Dis­trict Mayor Cllr Sduduzo Gumede, Cllr Sandip from Ilembe and Mandeni Speaker Cllr Makhosazana Zungu

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