Ward 32 councillor Mary Schalwyk calls to the youth

2011-07-07 00:00

WARD 32 councillor Mary Schalwyk yesterday called on the youth in her ward to work with her towards the betterment of the community at large rather than fighting her when she was democratically elected to lead them.

Schalwyk was responding to a call made by the youth on Sunday night to remove the ANC Branch Executive Committee (BEC) chairperson, Musa Zondi and his entire committee.

They also called for her removal saying that she was not their candidate of choice, but that she was imposed on them.

“I was democratically chosen to lead ward 32 and I appeal to the young people who supported the independent candidate Vincent Myeni to come forward and work with me for the sake of progress and betterment of our community,” said Schalwyk.

She said they cannot allow a minority of young people to incite violence by threatening to render the ward ungovernable.

Schalwyk said if she had lost the elections, she would have then opted to work with Vincent Myeni for the benefit of ward 32 instead of working against him.

“People must learn to accept defeat for the sake of progressive democratic principles,” she added.

Hitting back, Vincent Myeni said Schalwyk has learnt very well from the regional executive committee (REC) and Provincial Executive Committee (PEC), who cannot deal with ANC internal problems because they lack good leadership qualities, and they use the independent candidates as a scapegoat.

He said that they are not against Schalwyk, but their main problem is the BEC which is allegedly working with the REC that they want disbanded.

The protest action against the tree planting project was stopped because people were being exploited, according to Myeni.


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