Canelands residents’ fury over service delivery

2016-10-27 06:00
Photo: supplied Suren Balram looks on as community members burn tyres in Canelands.

Photo: supplied Suren Balram looks on as community members burn tyres in Canelands.

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MORE than 50 Canelands residents in Verulam took to the streets and barricaded Indwedwe Road with burning tyres complaining about service delivery on Tuesday 25 October.

The protestors were angry after eThekwini Municipality removed illegal electricity connections in Canelands on Monday evening.

The protestors gathered early Tuesday morning and chanted slogans demanding that the municipality supply them with electricity.

Community member Zakhele Mchunu (32) told the Weekly: “Officials promised us better services 10 years ago, but until now nothing has happened. The municipality must stop removing the electricity cables without proper consultation with the community.”

Head of TransNatal Flying Squad Unit Suren Balram said he received a call about a group of residents chopping down trees and burning tyres on Indwedwe Road.

“We spent more than six hours at the scene as the protestors were chanting slogans demanding that municipality stop cutting off electricity cables. Disgruntled community members were angry after electricity cables were removed on Monday evening. The police arrived at the scene and the protestors dispersed peacefully,” he said.

Ward councillor Geoff Pullan said: “The municipality needs to fix the substation near the Canelands station because it burnt out from overloading. To my knowledge electricity has been off in the Canelands area since last Friday and residents are angry,” he said.

KZN police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele told Weekly: “The community members barricaded the road complaining about service delivery. No case was opened and no injuries were reported,” she said.

In August residents took to the streets in Canelands­ following the removing of illegal connections in the area. Residents said they will continue stealing power until the municipality supplies them with electricity.

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