Tarr: ‘I never promised them a big-screen TV’

2010-06-17 00:00

MSUNDUZI Mayor Mike Tarr denied that he promised to bring a big-screen television for residents of Jika Joe informal settlement to watch the World Cup.

His denial comes after several residents barricaded a nearby street on Tuesday afternoon demanding facilities to watch the World Cup.

Police were called in to control the situation.

Tarr said yesterday that he, ward councillor Peter Green and representatives of the residents had a meeting in the morning to discuss how to deal with the situation.

“These people must understand that it is against government policy on squatter camps for them to stay there,” said Tarr. “We have identified three sites — the sports field behind the settlement, Ally’s Driving School land and a piece of land along the N3 — to build proper houses for them.

“We believe that there are slumlords who rent out their properties to foreign nationals and that is why we meet resistance when we want them out of the area,” said Tarr.

He said that today a temporary connection will be installed at the sports field for people to hook up their televisions for the duration of the World Cup. After that the connection will be removed.

Green said not every resident was behind Tuesday’s incident — only the group living behind the pavilion. “For tonight I have offered them my generator to connect their televisions. I’ll fill it up with petrol for them. This thing of a big screen was just a ploy by certain individuals who were fulfilling their own agendas,” said Green.

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