‘Sack councillor’

2009-07-21 00:00

ANGERED by the Msunduzi Municipality’s decision to “delay” the removal of ward 22 councillor Patrick Jaca, stick-wielding and toyi-toyiing youths chanting “makaphume” (we want him out) marched from KwaMachibisa to the Msunduzi offices in Edendale yesterday to demand that he be sacked.

This is a second demonstration against Jaca by his constituency.

Last week, hundreds of people were bused in from Imbali and KwaMachibisa to the city hall where they handed a memorandum to Exco member Themba Zungu calling for Jaca’s removal.

The youth said Exco’s decision to give its response only on July 27 is unsatisfactory as they want Jaca out now.

They levelled a litany of accusations against him, saying that he never attends community meetings, that he insults and belittles them, that under his stewardship the area has lagged in development and that youth activities in the area are non-existent because he allegedly refuses to support them.

Donely Molefe, a spokesman for the youth, said they are no longer willing to wait that long because the municipality has not been clear as to why it needed so much time to respond.

He said: “We cannot wait that long because we have been trying to deal and get this situation resolved for a long time.”

He said it seems the municipality is protecting Jaca. “If they want to keep him as a councillor, then they can keep him in the city hall because we do not want him here.”

Another youth named Madoda said: “We have many youth projects in the area that are not developing because they are not being endorsed by the councillor”.

He did not mince his words about the outcome they are looking for.

“We are not looking for a compromise,” he said, “we just want him out”.

Jaca, who was not at his Edendale office during the march, denied that people are calling for his ouster, saying he is not willing to comment.

He accused Weekend Witness of colluding with “criminals” pretending to be his constituency.

Exco member Themba Zungu was not available to comment as his phone went to voicemail.

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