Mob marches on Woodlands councillor

2010-04-28 00:00

A MOB of about 70 angry Ward 32 residents marched to councillor Patrick Moon’s home in Woodlands yesterday evening.

The crowd, from Site 11, submitted a memorandum to Moon, the father of soccer player Bryce Moon, that listed complaints about poor service delivery.

The march was mainly peaceful, but a few altercations occurred when a group came to Moon’s defence.

Captain Thulani Zwane of the SA Police Force said the march was peaceful and because” the police were monitoring the situation”.

One of the complainants, Andile Ngcobo, said Moon “promised people heaven on the Moon, how can we celebrate Freedom Day when there is no service delivery?”

The memorandum that the crowd presented to Moon listed blocked sewage pipes, poor roads, a lack of housing, unemployment, steep water and lights rates and insufficient community meetings among the complaints.

The memorandum also called on “the councillor to resign with immediate effect”.

Moon said the complaints are superfluous because all the needs have been met.

“We have just put in new sewage pipes and dug up roads; these projects cost us R7 million.

“There is no space for more housing and these people don’t even pay for lights and water.

“When people need labourers they always hire people from the community, and with regard to community meetings, I spend my life as a councillor,” Moon said.

When asked if the issues had been brought to his attention previously, Moon said they had not.

However, Ngcobo said residents have approached Moon with these issues on a number of occasions.

Moon said yesterday, “I had a meeting with some of the people this morning, and they warned me they would march”.

Ngcobo said this would not be the last time that the residents will bring the issues to light, adding that “we are going to fight until we get service delivery”.

Moon said the march “has been instigated, but I don’t want to make any accusations; the truth will be revealed, and we will find out who is behind this”.

Ngcobo denied that the march had been instigated by a few individuals, saying the entire community “has run out of patience”. He said the residents want all the things they were promised, but which have not been delivered.

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