Still no clarity behind service delivery protest in Northdale

2014-05-29 00:00

RESIDENTS of Ward 28, in Northdale, who clashed with police during a service delivery protest on Monday, only presented a list of their demands to the council yesterday.

This was according to Mayor Chris Ndlela, who was reporting to the Executive Committee (Exco) on the protest in the Northdale area that saw protesters block access to schools, burn tyres and clash with the police, who in turn fired tear gas.

Ndlela said the speaker’s office had gone out to find out what was going on and set up a meeting with the protesters. They were asked to elect 10 delegates to represent them and lay bare their grievances and explain how the protest had unfolded. Ndlela added that his office had been inundated with complaints from residents of the area who had not been part of the protest, but had been prevented from going to work and school.

He added that he was surprised to learn that ward councillor Nithia Govender had not yet met with the protesters. Officials were despatched to meet with him to get his side of the story. Govender had also been invited to the meeting with the protesters.

“There are serious allegations made by the ward councillor which alluded to some other councillors being involved in a meeting that led to the demonstration. All of this needs to be discussed. So far we have one side of the story; we need to hear from the leaders of the protesting group,” the mayor said.

Speaker Babu Baijoo said the meeting was to have taken place yesterday afternoon. However, the protesters wanted to meet with the community on Saturday to elect their delegation before setting a date for the meeting.

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