Sanco and ANC in heated war of words


which closed the N6 with burn­ing tyres in protest against the al­leged non-pay­ment of con­trac­tors in­volved in a hous­ing project by a Cape Town main con­trac­tor, DCI Hold­ings, had la­belled those in­volved as at­ten­tion seek­ers who wanted to be­come coun­cil­lors next year.

In a sub­se­quent state­ment this week, Sanco chair­man Lu­vuyo Qelo said the branch ex­ec­u­tive had been serv­ing in the BEC for the past 10 years.

“The BEC is not do­ing its work and has failed the com­mu­nity and the vot­ers. They are try­ing to de­stroy any de­vel­op­ment in the area. There is an or­gan­i­sa­tion which cares for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and or­phans in the area, they have been try­ing to drag it down but have failed.”

Qelo said they found out that the BEC was al­legedly col­lect­ing money for sand from the com­mu­nity.

“Th­ese are the monies the com­mu­nity should use to look af­ter the needy peo­ple and de- vel­op­ment to up­lift the econ­omy. Their ac­tions make us ques­tion the kind of lead­er­ship of in­di­vid­u­als and as a col­lec­tive.”

Sanco Lessey­ton sec­re­tary Them­bisile Waxa said the ANC should tell res­i­dents of the area why houses, con­structed af­ter a dis­as­ter in 2010, had not been com­pleted.

“There are RDP houses that are not fin­ished in Zola, Eku­phum­leni, Ta­bata and Xuma vil­lages, but the ANC is quiet about that.”

A state­ment from the Eli­jah Barayi branch, in re­sponse to Sanco and signed by all BEC mem­bers and is­sued by sec­re­tary Unathi Mlin­dazwe this week, stated that the BEC was con­cerned about “in­di­vid­u­als who call them­selves the Sanco ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee and cause in­sta­bil­ity, dis­unity and con­fu­sion among the mem­bers and com­mu­nity of Lessey­ton.” The state­ment in­di­cated that the party did not deny that one of its peo­ple was col­lect­ing money for sand.

“That was a col­lec­tive de­ci­sion taken in a meet­ing on Au­gust 2014 to over­come the prob­lem of preschools not funded by the depart­ment of so­cial de­vel­op­ment and other so­cial events within the com­mu­nity.”

Mlin­dazwe in­di­cated that hous­ing projects not yet com­pleted were in the hands of the hu­man set­tle­ment depart­ment. “The pop­u­la­tion of this ward is about 2 000 peo­ple and they need to be rep­re­sented. We have pre­pared the com­mu­nity to launch a Sanco that rep­re­sents all vil­lages of Lessey­ton and one that will com­pre­hend the role the com­mu­nity plays.”

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