FROM PAGE 1Protestors: ‘No jobs for pals’

2017-02-16 06:01
Tongaat SAPS keep an eye while community leaders address protestors in Umbhayi Informal Settlement. Photo: supplied

Tongaat SAPS keep an eye while community leaders address protestors in Umbhayi Informal Settlement. Photo: supplied

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Spokesperson for Umbhayi residents Maxwell Ndunge said: “The ward councillor did not consult with the residents before the project resumed. The councillor should have called a public meeting to address the community about the project.

“We believe that people must be employed in a fair and transparent manner. However, I urged the community members to calm down so that the project will resume. In future we will expect the ward councillor to call a public meeting before the project resumes.”

Chairperson of the Community Policing Forum Desmond Susha said: “I suspect that the protestors were driven by political agenda because their allegations that we hired our friends were not legitimate. They also claimed that the construction workers in the project were already employed to another project, which was not true. We investigated and found that the allegations were baseless. They even failed to give us evidence to back up their allegations.”

Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance in the area Thembela Mathiloyi suspected that there were certain individuals sowing seeds of divisions and hate in the community.

“Allegations raised by protestors against us were not true. I suspect that the protestors were driven by a political agenda.”

Ward councillor Dolly Munien said: “If the community continue interrupting projects in the area, they are making it impossible for me to deliver the services to them.

“The public is supposed to work in partnership with the ward councillor and not stop community projects in the area. I did not employ my friends. All workers were employed in a transparent manner.”

Police spokesperson in Tongaat Warrant Officer Manisha Maharaj-Marie said: “The police attended and the gathering was contained. Protestors dispersed peacefully and there were no arrests made.”

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