Ward polls: Mayor steps in

2011-08-30 00:00

AFTER a public outcry that led to violent protests, the Msunduzi Municipality has set up a dispute resolution committee to deal with complaints over the election of ward committees.

Residents in Edendale’s Ward 10 yesterday blocked the road to Bulwer with burning tyres, broken glass, trees and stones to protest against their councillor, Sbonelo Majola.

Last week a similar protest occurred along another stretch of the Bulwer road, also as a result of dissatisfaction with ward committee elections.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said the Mayor, Chris Ndlela, addressed residents in wards 5 and 11, where the unrest occured.

The dispute resolution committee sat yesterday and will make recommendations to the speaker’s office, Zuma said.

“We are doing all in our power to have fair ward committee elections.

“When people raise issues of service delivery during these ward committee elections, it doesn’t mean we have service delivery protests. Everybody knows that we have challenges with the strike at the moment.”

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said traffic had to be diverted from the Bulwer road in Edendale for three hours yesterday morning.

“Strikers must stop burning tyres on the roads because that damages the tarred roads,” she said.

“They destroy the few roads we have in this province. They have the right to strike, but they must remember that other users also use the road” said Mngomezulu.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the police are monitoring the situation.

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