Steering committee ‘won’t play politics

2015-08-18 06:00

The Manenberg steering committee has hit back at Cosatu, accusing the trade unions organisation of using the committee in its political battle without permission.

Steering committee chairperson Melanie Manuel says the committee was not consulted before a Cosatu press conference held outside the Manenberg police station two weeks ago.

During its press conference Cosatu “batted” for the steering committee, she says, in regards to the mayoral urban regeneration programme.

Cosatu regional secretary Tony Ehrenreich said on the day “the press conference of the Cape Flats communities with the Manenberg community is in relation to the need for equality of the areas which addresses apartheid spatial and crime patterns”.

In a statement he “condemned” premier Helen Zille and mayor Patricia de Lille for their “failure to consult on Manenberg plans and dividing Cape Flats communities, by determining which areas will get support, if they play ball”.

“Firstly, there must be consultation with all the role players all of the time, and not only now when the DA sees no way to address the crisis in the society and they consult some and favour mainly their pals in the area. Any initiative that is taken must be part of a city-wide plan that sees all areas included, as the gangs are syndicated and spread to all the areas, and pressure in one point alone will just move the activities to other areas,” Ehrenreich said.

In response Manuel says: “We were not approached by Cosatu at all before they decided to host the press conference. We will not tolerate being used as political pawns and in such are saying that the Manenberg project steering committee is apolitical.”

She adds the steering committee has been involved with a lengthy process which involves the violence prevention through urban upgrading (VPUU) initiative.

“As the duly-elected steering committee members, we acknowledge the community action plan, referred to as the CAP document, in its draft format and the work and hours that went into its formation by the Manenberg community, the City of Cape Town’s two assigned officials and the VPUU for the last year,” Manuel says.

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