Faxi or­ders de­tailed re­ports on protests

Talk of the Town - - Your Voice - ROB KNOWLES

ND­LAMBE mayor Phindile Faxi warned at last week’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing that dis­cus­sions with protest­ing com­mu­ni­ties were caus­ing con­fu­sion and that ward coun­cil­lors, the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager and ad­min­is­tra­tion in gen­eral, must be present at any dis­cus­sion to en­sure con­sis­tency.

“Mixed mes­sages lead to com­plaints by com­mu­ni­ties. Ward coun­cil­lors must be made aware of any com­mu­nity protests,” Faxi said.

The meet­ing only be­gan at 2pm in­stead of the pre­vi­ously ad­ver­tised 10am be­cause of his at­ten­dance at a ser­vice de­liv­ery protest.

Faxi asked that ward coun­cil­lors com­pile a de­tailed re­port on all ser­vice de­liv­ery protests to en­able the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to cat­e­gorise and pri­ori­tise work.

“We need to know what chal­lenges the mu­nic­i­pal­ity faces with re­spect to ser­vice de­liv­ery,” he said.

Faxi also spoke about the hous­ing of­fice in Marselle that was burned down dur­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery protests. Dur­ing the last few years, the de­struc­tion of property has be­come a stan­dard con­se­quence of ser­vice de­liv­ery protests, and many build­ings through­out Nd­lambe have been dam­aged.

“The prob­lem is that this build­ing in Marselle does not be­long to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, and we have no money avail­able to fix it,” he said. “It can­not be fixed un­der the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s cur­rent in­sur­ance.”

Act­ing mu­nic­i­pal man­ager La­zola Maneli asked where peo­ple thought the money to fix such things ac­tu­ally came from.

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