IDP meetings attract record-breaking attendance

2016-10-20 06:00

A total of 5 615 residents have already participated in the Metro’s Budget and IDP meetings, with a further handful of meetings scheduled to take place over the next week.

“The municipality has never before seen such excellent attendance. There is an air of excited anticipation and hope that abounds in the Metro, which has led to full halls night after night,” said the Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip.

“In spite of this, the leadership of the opposition has embarked on a very myopic exercise of encouraging chaos among their supporters at IDP meetings.”

According to Trollip, the opposition’s ill-conceived strategy is backfiring with their own supporters now threatening to burn ward offices as a result of having been prevented from exercising their democratic right to participate in the formulation of the budget and IDP.

“This foolhardy strategy is short-sighted as all it achieves is to deprive needy and vulnerable residents of being able to interact with the new administration to highlight their needs, hopes and aspirations,” said Trollip.

“I have on numerous occasions warned the local leadership of the opposition against encouraging this dangerous and undemocratic strategy.”

As a result, Councillor Sabani faces a charge for violating the code of conduct after he tried to hijack an IDP meeting at the Nangoza Jebe Hall.

“We are on a mission to deliver better services and grow the economy for our 1.2 million residents. Having the official opposition in such disarray cannot be in the interest of anyone in the Nelson Mandela Metro.

“We have thus asked the opposition leadership to conduct a full investigation into this ongoing disruption and that a report be sent to the Chief Whip, Cllr Werner Senekal, by Friday 21 October 2016.

The DA-led council is determined to continue engaging the citizens of this metro in order to craft the best possible Metro IDP and budget, that is informed by a comprehensive and inclusive public participation process.

“We will deliver better services, grow the economy to create jobs and stop corruption, whether the opposition wishes to be part of this change or not,” said Trollip.

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