Richmond protest ‘for basics’

2010-03-02 00:00

THE Richmond communities of Byrne Village and uMzinolovu Location embarked on a service delivery protest yesterday morning, demanding that Mayor Ben Ngcongo address their concerns.

Resident Reggy Ngcobo said that development seems to be concentrated in the area in which Ngcongo resides.

Ngcobo said that in the councillor’s more than 14 years in office, a community hall, school and clinic have been built close to his residence.

“We are only asking for the basic needs such as electricity, water and toilets. People share the Illovo River water with animals and there are no proper toilets and there’s no electricity.”

He said that when Ngcongo faced the marchers, he could not explain the lack of basic development in the area. But he did question the allocation of R4,5 million to build a stadium in the area, stating that some of the money could have been used to provide water or electricity for the people.

Ngcobo said: “We were surprised when the mayor told us that a request for these basic needs was not in the municipality’s integrated development plan. It was shocking to be told that people had asked for grazing land only.”

Democratic Alliance member of parliament Sizwe Mchunu said it is a great concern that people still protest over service delivery 16 years after democracy. He said this indicates the failure of the ANC to serve the people.

He criticised the Richmond municipality for putting aside R4,5 million for a sports ground.

Ngcongo declined to comment, saying he was in a meeting.

 

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