Politicians ‘take us for a ride’, say fed-up residents
A voter in Motherwell in Port Elizabeth said she wished municipal elections were held more often because this is the only time the area gets attention from politicians.
A by-election will be held on 5 February in Nelson Mandela Bay municipality’s ward 55, which covers part of Motherwell.
The vacancy was created following the death last year of ANC councillor Mzuvukile Boti.
In the past, residents have complained about a lack of playgrounds and parks, piles of rubbish choking stormwater drains, and corruption and nepotism, with jobs and tenders given to friends and relatives.
“We are being taken for a ride by these clueless politicians. There is virtually no service delivery in this ward. We now see politicians on door-to-door campaigns asking for our votes. I will not vote until they improve the way they treat us,” said a resident who only identified himself as Luyanda.
On Saturday and Sunday, ANC candidate Ntombizodwa Nyati organised the clearing of the Dlamini sports field and the adjoining netball court in NU10, where she organised a tournament for six netball teams and eight soccer teams.
Thembinkosi Bamu, who lives in Sandile Street, said: “This is the first time in many years these grounds have been cleared. The fields are always swamped with uncollected rubbish. Because it’s election time, we see a lot of activities and clearing of waste.”
“I wish elections were held every month so that we could get these politicians to visit us and provide improved services.”
Republished from Groundup
DISHING UP DIRT. Motherwell residents say rubbish is only cleared during election time.