‘Ward councillor must be removed’ - Cornubia protesters

2017-04-06 06:03
 Photo: andile sitholeProtesters march in Cornubia.

Photo: andile sitholeProtesters march in Cornubia.

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ON Monday, March 27 more 500 protesters barricaded all exit roads in Cornubia in Verulam with burning tyres demanding better service delivery.

The residents, coming from Cornubia and Waterloo accused the ward councillor, Siya Thango, of not delivering basic services such as water and electricity to residents of Cornubia flats. 
The protesters also demanded that Thango be removed as ward councillor. 
Protesters began burning tyres at 4.15am and vandalised a building believed to be the councillor's office.
However, when Weekly contacted Thango for a comment regarding service delivery he denied that the building was his office.
Pupils on their way to school and motorists had to use alternative routes as protesters were stoning passing cars.

When Weekly arrived at the scene, ANC supporters outside the community offices that were vandalised claimed that residents from another ward are the instigators of violence in Cornubia.
A woman who only identified herself as Thango's secretary confirmed that the building was the councillor's office.

 Another resident said: "A group of men and women armed with knobkerries and sticks came near the sugarcane plantation between Cornubia and Waterloo. They stoned the building." 

One of the march organisers, Sipho Ncamu said: "Residents are unhappy with the ward councillor's administration. They want him out as a ward councillor. There is a ward committee in the area that was elected by him without consulting with the public.

“The second complaint that was raised by the residents was that the ward councillor gives jobs to his friends. When being asked why he is giving jobs to certain individuals he said we did not vote for him."

Ncamu said the offices that were vandalised by “rogue” protesters belong to the community and were donated to the community.
"The ‘centre’ was donated by Tongaat Hulett to the community. To my knowledge the councillor does not have an office in Cornubia, but he and his friends are occupying the ‘community centre’." 

A memorandum with the list of the concerns from the residents was given to Sam Maphumulo from the eThekwini mayor's office. 

Police spokesperson in Verulam Captain Mark Prakasim said: "Police are investigating a case of public violence. No arrests were made. The residents told the police that the councillor's office was vandalised." 





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