‘Councillor has failed us,’ say marchers

2009-12-04 00:00

WILLOWFOUNTAIN residents, angered by poor service delivery in their area, marched on the Msunduzi Municipality yesterday, demanding that their councillor Sbu Mkhize be removed as they claim he has failed them.

The hundreds of predominantly young people marched from Freedom Square to the city hall carrying placards reading “We do not want Sbu Mkhize as our councillor.”

They handed over a memorandum to Msunduzi Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo and gave her seven days to address their grievances.

The residents accused their councillor of failing to deliver any of their basic needs, including water and electricity.

They accused him and his ward committee of being inept and said they have not attended any community meetings.

Xolani Madonsela, one of the conveners of the march, said the Willowfountain community have “had enough of Mkhize’s antics” and want him removed.

“Ever since he took office in 2006, the man has done absolutely nothing to uplift the community, and we are tired of this lack of service delivery.”

He said the councillor has failed to deliver on the most basic of needs.

“We are struggling with basic services such as water and electricity, and nothing in terms of service delivery is happening.

“We know that the local government elections are not very far off, so we will accept them sending a new official to replace Mkhize until we elect a new councillor, but we demand that Mkhize be replaced.”

Mkhize is not the first Msunduzi Municipal councillor to be chastised by the community for poor service delivery.

Recently, ward 22 councillor Patrick Jaca faced similar challenges as members of his constituency called for his remo­val.

When contacted for comment, Mkhize said he will not comment as that was not in line with his party’s protocol.

Attempts to contact the council speaker, Alpha Shelembe, for comment were unsuccessful.

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