City Hall meeting chaos

2010-09-30 00:00

AN African National Congress meeting held at the City Hall on Tuesday turned chaotic as members of the community demanded that the beleaguered Msunduzi Municipality officials go back and prepare a better report on issues of housing and service delivery.

In the meeting, the municipal officials were supposed to bring back a clear and concise report on issues that were raised during a meeting that was held on June 27 at Winston Churchill Theatre.

Amongst those present were the provincial MEC for Human Settlement, Maggie Govender, Msunduzi Mayor Mike Tarr, acting municipal manager Thokozani Maseko and the chief financial officer Mahen Sahibdeen.

The drama started when the community members wanted Democratic Alliance councillor Peter Green to be removed from the meeting because they felt that this was specifically an ANC meeting.

However, the leadership of the ANC’s Moses Mabhida region were able to explain to the angry community members that the public was welcome to attend the meeting.

“We are no longer going to just build houses … we are going to ensure that we create human settlements that have water, electricity and road infrastructure,” said Govender.

She also said the human settlements that they are planning to build should be closer to schools and work places for community members.

“We are going to work closely with the municipality to ensure that proper human settlements are built because the municipality is tasked with identifying areas that require our services,” she said.

After the MEC had finished addressing the furious ward members, the deputy mayor, Jabu Ngubo, apologised on behalf of the municipality for being inadequately prepared for their questions.

Soon afterwards, the programme director gave a roving microphone to the audience so that they could ask questions.

Philani Ngidi, a chairperson of the ANC Youth league in ward 24, proposed that the meeting be adjourned as it was clear that all the stakeholders were not adequately prepared and suggested that another meeting be convened in the coming two weeks.

Everyone in the audience seconded this motion and gave a standing ovation to Ngidi.

Moses Mabhida regional secretary Super Zuma said: “The municipality, together with the department of Human Settlement, will review all the issues raised on Tuesday and come back with clarity in the next two weeks …”

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