Coun­cil­lor must go, say res­i­dents

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS of Kwaza­khele’s Ward 18 closed coun­cil­lor Lungiswa Mny­imba’s of­fice yes­ter­day, forc­ing her out and ac­cus­ing her of ig­nor­ing their hous­ing plight in the ward.

Their anger fol­lows a shack fire in the area on Mon­day, which claimed the life of a 55-year-old man

The res­i­dents were an­gry, say­ing the man’s life might have been spared if he had re­ceived a house promised by the gov­ern­ment for years.

Talk­ing to the Her­ald, res­i­dents raised ser­vice de­liv­ery-re­lated is­sues such as:

A lack of ad­e­quate hous­ing de­vel­op­ment at Man­dela Vil­lage; A lack of job op­por­tu­ni­ties; and No com­mu­nity clinic. Res­i­dents blame Mny­imba for not en­sur­ing they have RDP houses.

Nku­l­uleko Mak­wenkwe, a com­mu­nity mem­ber, said: “We ap­proached the coun­cil­lor to talk about the fire in­ci­dent and also about all the is­sues we face in Ward 18 [on Thurs­day] but the coun­cil­lor walked out of the meet­ing.”

Mny­imba said she had walked out of the meet­ing as they were no longer ad­dress­ing is­sues on the agenda.

“The is­sue with the hous­ing is that there are 75 houses that will be built in Man­dela Vil­lage, 21 house­holds will have to re­lo­cate which is what res­i­dents do not want to do,” she said

Mny­imba added that the money al­lo­cated for de­vel­op­ment kept on be­ing sent back to the Trea­sury be­cause res­i­dents did not want to be re­lo­cated.

But Mak­wenkwe said: “Coun­cil­lor Mny­imba has proven that she is not able to do her job. We there­fore want her to leave of­fice”. – Zi­zonke May

PHO­TO­GRAPH: FREDLIN ADRIAAN

COLOUR ME GREY: Grey High School pupils march past in the Troop­ing the Colour pa­rade held at the Port El­iz­a­beth school yes­ter­day. The cer­e­mony is be­lieved to have been orig­i­nated by the Duke of Cum­ber­land dur­ing the reign of Ge­orge II and stems from the days when sol­diers were taught to use their flag as a ral­ly­ing point in bat­tle

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