Locals lay the blame on leaders for service delivery

2018-06-28 06:00
Ward 89 councillor Monde Nqulwana sitting in his office. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Ward 89 councillor Monde Nqulwana sitting in his office. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Ward 89 councillor Monde Nqulwana has been whisked off to a safe place after his shack was damaged by irate RR informal settlement residents, protesting the lack of service delivery in the area­.

Speaking from his office situated at the Site B municipal offices, Nqulwana said his life and that of his family were in danger.

“The whole thing started as a service delivery protest. Some residents from the area were demanding the installation of electricity. But, later they turned violent.

“I had to ask the City’s VIP Protection Unit for escort, but discovered that my car had already been damaged with scratches and broken handles and window,” said Nqulwana­.

He said some residents threatened to kill him.

“Last Thursday, while in the company of Mayor Patricia de Lille, I received a call that community members were vandalising my shack. I immediately contacted the senior officers at Khayelitsha Police Station to inform them of the incident, but the police didn’t come,” he said.

Nqulwana said on arrival, his shack had already been destroyed and some of his staff forced out.

“They took out our bed, wardrobe, microwave, fridge and other things and burned them on the street. I had to physically fight with other residents who were still inside my shack,” he said.

Nqulwana blamed the police, accusing them of being incompetent.

“I laid the complaint, but until today (Monday) no one came to take a statement from me. I opened two cases. On Tuesday I opened a case about my damaged car and on Thursday I opened another case about my shack. In both instances, no one was arrested and I have not been contacted by the police­.”

City Vision was unable to reach the police at the time of going to print.

Nqulwana said he doesn’t believe the protest was about service delivery.

“There is a third force behind the protest and I know who they are ... There are people who are still having the 2016 councillor candidate elections hangover, who try by all means to destabilise my work,” he said but refused to mention the person’s name.

He said he once considered resigning as councillor to protect his image and family, but was asked by his comrades to continue.

“Sometimes to be a councillor is to drag your surname in the mud, because it brings bad reputation to your family name. I am also a leader in my church and being in the news for the wrong reasons is denting my image,” said Nqulwana.

He said since he became a councillor in 2011, he has served the community with diligence­.

“If I was alone I’d have gone back to my shack a long time ago, but I’m concerned about my family. These people wanted to attack my child from a previous relationship. I had to fetch and run with her, otherwise she would have been dead by now,” he said.

Nqulwana is not alone in these attacks. Other councillors whose properties have been attacked include ward 98’s Anele Gabuza, ward 35’s Mzuzile Mpondwana and ward 114’s Themba Honono, from Mfuleni.

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