eSikhaleni com­mu­nity is­sues to be ad­dressed

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

IS­SUES which emerged dur­ing a com­mu­nity protest in eSikhaleni last week will be fully in­ves­ti­gated. This ac­cord­ing to City of uMh­lathuze Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager, Mdu Ncalane on Fri­day, af­ter lead­ers of the Golekane Move­ment met with City Mayor, Cllr Mduduzi Mh­longo and other of­fi­cials in Richards Bay on Thurs­day. Res­i­dents had given the city four work­ing days to find res­o­lu­tions on griev­ances listed in a mem­o­ran­dum. In the list of their con­cerns, res­i­dents said they were pay­ing high rates and de­manded to pay only R300. They also wanted the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to con­duct main­te­nance of all struc­tures and em­ploy more peo­ple to work in their eSikhaleni of­fices. They de­manded em­ploy­ment on all de­vel­op­ment projects in the area. Dur­ing the protest, the mayor had re­ceived the mem­o­ran­dum and ac­knowl­edged the com­mu­nity’s is­sues. ‘Is­sues which were part of the mem­o­ran­dum are project based and will be dis­cussed fur­ther. A re­port will be re­leased af­ter res­o­lu­tions have been es­tab­lished,’ said Ncalane.

Coun­cil­lor ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct

In ad­di­tion to the ser­vice de­liv­ery protest, res­i­dents ac­cused a lo­cal coun­cil­lor of mis­con­duct, say­ing he prom­ises peo­ple jobs in ex­change for sex­ual favours. Ac­cord­ing to Chico Langa of Golekane Move­ment, many women have come for­ward and ac­cused the man of sex­ual abuse. ‘We will soon lay crim­i­nal charges be­cause he uses his power to lure our sis­ters into his bed. ‘A num­ber of fe­male res­i­dents say they have been promised em­ploy­ment if they sleep with him but they still don’t have those jobs. ‘We want him gone and a new coun­cil­lor who re­spects peo­ple, es­pe­cially women, should be in charge,’ said Langa.

‘Lay crim­i­nal charges’

The city mayor pre­vi­ously urged the com­mu­nity to lay crim­i­nal charges against the ac­cused coun­cil­lor. ‘The is­sue of rape is a crim­i­nal of­fense and if res­i­dents feel strongly on it they must con­tact the po­lice. ‘I also don’t have the au­thor­ity to re­move the coun­cil­lor be­cause he was de­ployed by the ANC not the mu­nic­i­pal­ity,’ said Cllr Mh­longo.

Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

City Mayor, Cllr Mduduzi Mh­longo re­ceived a mem­o­ran­dum from Chico Langa of Golekane Move­ment

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