Politi­cians ‘take us for a ride’, say fed-up res­i­dents

The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Joseph Chirume

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

Pic­ture: Joseph Chirume

DISH­ING UP DIRT. Mother­well res­i­dents say rub­bish is only cleared dur­ing elec­tion time.

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