Midvaal: Service delivery only happens in white areas, some claim

2011-05-18 13:24

The residents of Midvaal’s Sicelo Shiceka informal settlement have come out in numbers for the local government elections.

The informal settlement has two wards: ward 8 and 10. Ward 8 has two voting stations with a combined total of about 4 000 registered voters. Ward 8’s Sicelo Early Learning Centre voting station is the biggest in the informal settlement with 3 802 voters.

By 1pm 2 024 people had already voted at the centre.

The majority of the voters who spoke to City Press said they would vote for the ANC because the DA-run Midvaal municipality had neglected them. Only one voter said he would make the cross for the DA.They accused the DA administration of selective service delivery. “If you’re black here you’re in trouble. There’s lots of apartheid and racism. The DA must go back to Cape Town, where they belong,” said Polly Sibiloane.

Mojalefa Makume and Nono Zwane said the DA had failed them in terms of the provision of services. “Service delivery only happens in white areas,” said Makume. They charged that the DA was throwing them out of their houses.

But a local sangoma, who declined to be identified, said it was the ANC’s provincial government which was responsible for the evictions. “I don’t trust them (ANC) any more, never again,” he said.

Midvaal is run by the DA which won six out of 10 wards in the 2006 local elections. As the result of demarcation, the municipality now has 14 wards. The ANC is confident of wrestling control from the DA. It claims it’ll win at least eight wards. The DA is confident of winning seven.

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