Councillor must go, say residents
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
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