Residents take to streets

2013-01-15 00:00

ANGRY Mpumuza residents have taken their frustrations to the streets after receiving no response from the municipality to their complaints about electricity and water outages and poor roads.

Protesters caused a traffic jam on the streets leading to Pietermaritzburg City Hall and to the head office of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport.

They complained about the intermittent electricity supply, saying the municipality took no notice of their grievances and told them nothing about the causes of the interrupted supply.

They said the water supply was also problematic and complained that the municipality had failed to provide proper roads and pavements in their area, which they alleged had claimed the lives of some children on their way to school.

Joshua Simela, a member of the community, said their grievances had not been addressed.

“We marched in February last year and the former mayor, Mike Tarr, received our memorandum, but they did not respond, so the community decided to come back.”

They handed their memorandum to Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela and marched to the Transport Department to demand better roads

Mdu Zuma said: “We want the department to take over the roads because the municipality has failed to provide them. We want better roads. We are tired of gravel roads that damage cars. When it’s raining, taxis leave us far from home. We need pavements for pedestrians so we won’t lose lives.”

The head of the Department of Transport, Sibusiso Gumbi, said the department would be meeting four members of the Mpumuza community to discuss the state of their roads.

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