Shut-Down hits at may­ors

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - NEWS - Ci­ti­zen re­porter

The Gaut­eng Shut-Down Co­or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee (GSCC) has turned its sights on the may­ors of Tsh­wane and Joburg, Solly Msi­manga and Her­man Mashaba re­spec­tively.

It ac­cuses Msi­manga of “bla­tant lies, dis­hon­esty, dis­re­spect and a non­cha­lant at­ti­tude” and Mashaba of be­ing “aloof”.

The GSCC com­plained pen­sion­ers were re­ceiv­ing bills of over R100 000, that the two DA may­ors had “done noth­ing” in their com­mu­ni­ties and turned “a blind eye” to prom­ises.

It al­leged the may­ors pre­side over mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties fraught with a “lack of de­cent hu­man set­tle­ments, youth marginal­i­sa­tion and old-age peo­ple ne­glect”.

It re­jected the term “coloured”, with one of their or­gan­is­ers, An­thony Wil­liams, say­ing his peo­ple have been “wrongly iden­ti­fied that way”. Rather, Wil­liams said, they are the “chil­dren of the first na­tion of this coun­try”.

The GSCC al­leged that some com­mu­ni­ties in Gaut­eng re­ceived ad­e­quate ser­vices while oth­ers didn’t.

It wanted an end to what it sees as their ex­clu­sion from the econ­omy. “Our busi­nesses must al­ways pick up the scraps...”

It added it wanted the may­ors to ap­prove the set­ting aside of busi­ness deals for those “clas­si­fied coloured busi­nesses”.

A state­ment said: “We want to be part of the econ­omy of the ci­ties go­ing for­ward and if [the may­ors] refuse, we will pun­ish them by in­ter­rupt­ing strate­gic in­sti­tu­tions and busi­nesses.”

It com­plained about spaza shops owned by for­eign­ers, who they claim were “tak­ing away our lo­cal econ­omy”.

Iron­i­cally, the GSCC and the may­ors may be in agree­ment over that prob­lem. Both Msi­manga and Mashaba have been ac­cused of xeno­pho­bia in the past.

Msi­manga said in May last year: “I don’t want to sound xeno­pho­bic, but in all the raids we have done, Nige­ri­ans topped the list of the peo­ple in­volved in drugs.”

Mashaba ac­cused un­doc­u­mented mi­grants of be­ing the mas­ter­minds be­hind in­ner-city crime in 2016.

The GSCC ended its state­ment by say­ing it needed to “be­come more rad­i­cal”.

“To­gether, we will as­sist in or­gan­is­ing and mo­bil­is­ing the poor and the work­ing class to re­volt against the cap­i­tal­ist sys­tem of op­pres­sion. To­gether we will cre­ate a uni­fied move­ment that will truly im­prove our so­ci­ety. To­gether we will lib­er­ate our­selves.”

... mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are fraught with a lack of de­cent hu­man set­tle­ments, youth marginal­i­sa­tion and old peo­ple ne­glect

The Gaut­eng Shut-Down Co­or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee

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