Sotashe gets back to the basics

2018-07-26 06:02
Some ANC members led by Xolani Sotashe in cleaning Siyanyanzela informal settlement on Saturday, 21 July.PHOTO: velani ludidi

Some ANC members led by Xolani Sotashe in cleaning Siyanyanzela informal settlement on Saturday, 21 July.PHOTO: velani ludidi

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ANC provincial leader Xolani Sotashe got his hands dirty the past Saturday, when he visited his branch in Lwandle and cleared a canal in Siyanyanzela informal settlement.

The blocked canal is believed to be the reason for the flooding of the informal settlement after the recent heavy rainfall in the Cape.

During the cleaning operation, Sotashe said they are not really cleaning the canal, but “we are here to highlight the plight of our people”.

“Our presence here is to demonstrate to the City of Cape Town that people are not supposed to live like this,” he said.

The former Lwandle councillor said instead of marching to police stations, the DA must direct its municipality to clear the canal.

“People cannot live like pigs,” he pointed out. “We are here as the ANC to tell the municipality that they must pull up their socks.”

At the beginning July, the residents took to the streets in protest, calling for the clearing of the canal; council workers are currently busy with the operation.

Abongile Zazaza feels this operation should be completed by now.

“In Cape Town it is a two-tale city – a city for the rich and one the poor. There is no urgency when it comes to our issues; that needs to be highlighted,” she related.

The Thuma Mina Campaign, a call from President Cyril Ramaphosa to citizens to work together for the betterment of lives for ordinary South Africans, was also officially launched during Saturday’s visit.

Close to 200 volunteers were activated, and Sotashe said the campaign is non-partisan. “Whether you are a member of the ANC or not, raise your hand and allow the president to send you,” he said. “We are calling for everyone to work together and heed the call of the president.”

Anda Ntsodo, Mayoral Committee member for Area East, previously said illegal dumping was the main cause of the blockages. “Residents are encouraged to refrain from disposing waste in the canal,” he said.

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