EFF pledge to de­liver bet­ter hous­ing to Jika Joe res­i­dents

The Witness - - NEWS - SABELO NSELE • sabelo.nsele@wit­ness.co.za

THE EFF in ward 33 has lam­basted the Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity for stalling the R400 mil­lion Jika Joe res­i­den­tial project which started in April 2016.

The EFF be­lieves funds have gone miss­ing as they say noth­ing has been done since trenches were dug in the area al­most two years ago.

EFF ward 33 can­di­date Siyabonga My­ aka said it was not the first time that funds meant for the area’s hous­ing project had gone miss­ing.

He was speak­ing at the sign­ing of the IEC code of con­duct held at the city hall yes­ter­day.

Six po­lit­i­cal par­ties, ACDP, Al­Jamah, ANC, DA, IFP and EFF, are set to con­test the by­elec­tion on Au­gust 2.

“We are sick and tired of funds meant for hous­ing projects al­ways go­ing miss­ing. Peo­ple are tired of cor­rup­tion. The only thing to show for this project are the trenches that were dug a long time ago,” he said.

The hous­ing project would have seen 1 000 hous­ing units be­ing built on Tatham sports field.

DA can­di­date Nku­l­uleko Mkhize said he was con­fi­dent that his party would re­tain the ward.

Ward 33 be­came va­cant af­ter the re­sig­ na­tion of DA coun­cil­lor Uraisha Haswell.

“I pledge to cham­pion the in­ter­ests of ward 33 peo­ple where dreams will come true. Peo­ple of Jika Joe, I will make sure that you get the dig­nity you de­serve and get bet­ter hous­ing,” he said.

The IEC said it had opened ap­pli­ca­tions for spe­cial votes.

Po­lice said there had been no hot spots iden­ti­fied so far.

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