Residents block road demanding service delivery

2015-12-17 09:30
Members of the Thornville community protest demanding answers from the municipality with regard to service delivery in the area.

Members of the Thornville community protest demanding answers from the municipality with regard to service delivery in the area. (Amil Umraw, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Angry residents of Thornville blocked the R56 Richmond road on Wednesday, demanding service delivery.

Provincial co-ordinator of the Right2Know campaign, Thabane Miya, said, “We are just helping out the community of Thornville. In 2004 these people invaded a private farm and started building on it. With no electricity, this community got Eskom to help them but instead Msunduzi Municipality stopped the process and told Eskom they are in the process of moving these people.”

This matter was than taken to court, in which the community won the case and did not move.

“This community has no access to basic services like electricity, water and sanitation. Instead they get water from shops and private companies. It is for such damage to poor communities that Right2Know KZN supports Thornville’s call for mass action,” said Mayi.

Community spokesperson Senzo Khoza said, “We will close this road down until we are given answers. We want Msunduzi Municipality to listen to us. Since 2013 we have been trying to talk to them. We have no access to water, proper roads and we have no electricity.”

The community members have tried to talk to ward councillor Cindy Gwala. “We have tried everything instead our very councillor tells us that the ANC region told her to stay out of this matter,” said Khoza.

The community had also made an agreement with the provincial department of Transport.

“Transport told us the they were ready to help us fix out roads but municipality will have to maintain it. The municipality did not agree to that,” said Khoza.

Nomusa Nkabinde, who was representing the community, said, “ We need answers from the ANC. We are members and we need to know what they think of this matter. We paid R5 000 per house in order for Eskom to install electricity for us. That money went to waste because Eskom never continued with the process.”

Nick Ngibashe said he has been living in this area since 2011.

“ We just want access to proper basic service. We are tired of buying water every day. Can you imagine how much money we are wasting? The ANC should answer for this.”

Councillor Gwala said, “I don’t have anything to say. If the community wants answers they should go to the ­municipality. I am also waiting for the municipality to give me answers.”

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