KZN MEC hits back at Maimane

2016-05-04 18:30
Mmusi Maimane (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

Mmusi Maimane (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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Durban – KwaZulu-Natal Human Settlements MEC Ravi Pillay on Wednesday hit back at DA leader Mmusi Maimane, saying the reason his election campaign in the province got off to a rocky start was because it was a "publicity stunt".

Pillay in a statement responded to Maimane's post-manifesto tour during which he visited residents in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, encouraging them to vote in the local government elections on August 3.  

Maimane met with a mixed reaction when he visited the Wentworth community and inspected The Ark, a housing project on Austerville Drive.

A group of about 300 DA supporters were excited to see him, while a small group of former DA members, who had defected to the ANC on Monday, met him with anger.

While the DA members sang party songs, a small group wearing ANC T-shirts disrupted the event by playing loud music in a bid to drown out the DA voices.

Pillay said: "For the record the people of the Ark have accepted a commitment from the KZN Human Settlements Department to relocate them to temporary units within 90 days.

"They believe this because they see the work already started in Wentworth with 18 new units already built and a further 30 units under refurbishment as part of a massive R100m programme."

Pillay said KwaZulu-Natal was the best performing province for two consecutive years, producing almost 30 000 houses a year.

"But people also appreciate that there is a backlog everywhere. Residents were correct to tell Mr Maimane to go and sort out the housing backlog in the Western Cape where his party governs.

"I have met with residents at least four times this year. We shall continue to be close to the people of Wentworth [and] not just for the sake of media opportunities."

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