Madundube residents unhappy with nominee list

2016-05-25 06:00
The car was set alight on Sunday in the Madundube area. Photo: supplied

The car was set alight on Sunday in the Madundube area. Photo: supplied

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A CAR was set alight and an unknown individual was allegedly assaulted on Sunday in the Madundube area.

Those behind these acts have not been identified and it has not been established whether the two incidents are related, however, it is believed they are related to political issues.

KZN SAPS spokesperson, Major Thulani Zwane said the burning of the vehicle occurred at around 3:15am.

“A 32-year-old male woke up at his home and found his vehicle on fire at Ashville area. KwaDukuza police are investigating a case of malicious damage to property and no arrest has been made at this stage,” said Zwane.

Madundube, Ward 27 councillor Sithembiso Magubane said such acts are mere criminality masked as matters, or skirmishes, resulting from political issues.

He said, however, that some members of the community are unhappy about those nominated as possible candidates to contest this year’s local government elections, and that this resulted in protest action and the blockading of roads last Monday.

Magubane also stated that the matter has led to a situation where residents of the area are being threatened and some cannot go to work and pupils cannot attend school.

He said those disgruntled by the ANC’s nominee list made several claims regarding him as a councillor.

“They are saying I did not employ them on certain projects that were rolled out in the area and they are claiming there was no service delivery during my tenure,” said Magubane.

He said during his term roads, a sports field and a community hall were constructed and an electrification process was started meaning services were delivered.

He said some of the unhappy individuals have written letters to the ANC’s regional and provincial executive committees to express their concerns.

Magubane said a candidate to stand for elections in the ward has not been officially appointed by the party.

On Tuesday a press briefing was held by the ANC’s regional leaders, namely regional secretary Thabani Mdlalose, his deputy Zibuyile Matozi Khuzwayo-Dlamini and regional spokesperson Lucky Makhathini, to address the protests that erupted in various areas on Monday.

The leadership collective said efforts will be made to ensure security is strengthened in these areas and that all criminal activity is dealt with accordingly.

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