Activists call meeting

2019-07-04 06:01

Community activists have called a meeting with various stakeholders to discuss the way forward on disputed land near the N2.

They would like the meeting to take place on the open land, which is currently occupied.

In a letter, which is in City Vision’s possession, the activists state the meeting’s purpose is to provide a forum for discussion among stakeholders who have different interests in the area. It is scheduled for Saturday 6 July at 10:00.

Councillor Simthembile Mfecane told City Vision he had received the letter inviting him to the meeting, but he was still consulting.

Meanwhile, Councillor Jongidumo Maxheke said he was not aware of the meeting as he had not received any invitation.

Both Mfecane and Colonel Xolani Williams, commander of Lwandle Police Station, said they received the letter inviting them, but did wonder about the purpose of the gathering.

“It is difficult to just to go to a meeting, where you don’t even know what the agenda is,” Mfecane said. “The letter is not even signed, nor are any contacts given. It is hard to go to a meeting without any information.

“They need to give us the agenda. I have tried to speak to the office of Malusi Booi, Mayoral Committee member for Human Settlements, but they too are confused about the meeting. I will still liaise with the office and see if they will attend it.”

Meanwhile, Williams said his station was due to have a meeting, today (Thursday) at 14:00, with the Lwandle Community Policing Forum (CPF) to get the go-ahead to attend the meeting.

“These people came here and delivered the letter,” he confirmed.

“We don’t know what it is about and we’ll discuss this with the CPF only on Thursday.”

Williams said he didn’t know how it came about that the letter has the police stamp on it, as it was also unsigned.

Community activist Mandla Lumkile said he and others planned to hold the meeting on the open field, weather permitting.

“We have invited different stakeholders from pastors, community leaders to local officials, 80% of whom have confirmed they will be there,” he said. “This is the only way to engage them on the issue of this land.”

Lumkile told City Vision the community was still going to fight for the land.

He said the meeting will most likely move to another venue if the weather is unfavourable.


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