Mew Way repairs will take time

2018-11-15 06:00
Mew Way Hall was vandalised during service delivery protest by RR Section residents is August. Repairs are underway.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Mew Way Hall was vandalised during service delivery protest by RR Section residents is August. Repairs are underway.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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The City of Cape Town says it cannot say when will repairs to the vandalised Mew Way Hall be completed, but it is working tirelessly to ensure that the facility is once again open to the public.

The hall, which is one of Khayelitsha biggest and busiest, was damaged by angry RR residents in August.

It was allegedly set alight by angry residents demanding service delivery, prompting an indefinite closure of the facility and the cancellation of all the events planned for the hall.

In an interview with City Vision, Ward 89 Councillor Monde Nqulwana, said the damage to the hall impacted negatively on the ward.

He said organisations and government departments normally used the hall for a range of events, giving vendors an opportunity to earn a living.

He said the hall seems to be a soft target during service delivery protests.

In 2014, he said, residents vented their anger on the facility during a protest and it was a long time before it was repaired.

Nqulwana has urged residents to guard the facility, as it benefited them, to a large extent.

“The same people who were burning the building are regretting it now, people must stop venting their anger against government facilities because they need them,” he said, adding that the facility is an asset.

Mayoral committee member for Safety, Security and Social Services, J.P Smith, said it would cost the City almost R3 million to repair the hall.

“The Department of Recreation and Parks is in the process of sourcing quotations from vendors who are skilled to repair the different components of work.

“It is not possible at this stage to give a date of completion for the completion of the entire project,” he said.

Smith encouraged the community to recognise that public facilities were there to serve their interests.

“Communal facilities are for the benefit of all and when they are vandalised, it is the same community that is severely disadvantaged,” he stated.

Mziwothando Ndabambi, from RR Section, lambasted those who damaged the facility. “When people are protesting for the right cause, there will always be those who are there for all the wrong reasons,” said Ndabambi. “Protest organisers need to guide the protest and ensure that nothing wrong is happening.”

He described the vandalism of the hall as a loss for the community.

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