Locals bemused by roof that came off then went on again

2014-10-17 00:00

FIRST the roof came off. Then it went back on.

Mystery surrounded the activities that saw the removal of the roof of the community hall and clinic at Rosetta village yesterday, before it was put back on by municipal workers.

Bemused residents told The Witness a contractor who said he was contracted by the beleaguered Mpofana Municipality to demolish the two buildings arrived at the building and started taking the roof off yesterday morning.

Resident John Carter said senior municipal officials visited the area and later in the day municipal workers were seen putting the roof back on ahead of voter registration there this weekend.

He described the situation as “ludicrous”. “The whole situation is a joke and stupid. There were no consultations with the community and the contractor had no papers legalising him to demolish the buildings,” said Carter.

This was echoed by a volunteer nurse at the clinic, Elizabeth Queen, who said the situation was “mind-boggling”. She said she took medical equipment and medicine from the clinic and put them in a safe place. “There was no official communication or notices and there has been no transparency. This makes us feel depressed and devastated because we use these buildings. We want a better community,” she said.

Municipal manager Max Moyo disputed this and blamed the community for not attending consultative meetings.

“The community is aware that there will be a multi-purpose centre development that will be implemented. We engaged with the community that these buildings would be demolished and notices were issued,” said Moyo.

He said the contractor was therefore appointed to demolish them.

Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said the community is divided about the new projects.

“There are a lot of developments in the pipeline. This shows that Mooi River is rising from the ashes and there are those who don’t want to see progress,” said Mabaso.

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