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.”