Blade: ‘Filthy’ PMB doesn’t deserve metro status

2013-03-11 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG is filthy and does not deserve to be considered for a metro status, says the SA Communist Party general secretary, Blade Nzimande.

Nzimande, who is the Minister of Higher Education, said on Friday that the city’s cleanliness had deteriorated to the point where Dambuza (his home area) was much cleaner than the city centre.

“Speaking as someone from Gxa [Dambuza], there was a time when you had to dress in your best clothes to come to town, but that is no longer the case. There are parts of the city and the side streets that I do not walk into because of the condition that they are in and you might step into dirty or disgusting things.”

“The Dambuza area is much cleaner than this,” he said.

“Our city is quite dirty; it is disgusting and has no business to apply for a metro status under such conditions.”

Nzimande was addressing SACP delegates and students at UKZN during a lecture in commemoration of Moses Mabhida.

“It is completely out of order that the town is so dirty … this is a city of Moses Mabhida. He would be very disappointed with the conditions it is in,” said Nzimande to loud cheers.

Attempts to get comment from the municipality yesterday were unsuccessful.

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