Enhlalakahle committee response

2019-03-13 06:01

ON behalf of the community, we as the committee of Enhlalakahle are furious at the way the KZN ANC delegation, led by ANC secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli and MEC for Transport and Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda, handled issues and demands that were brought to them.

The KZN Department of Co-operative Governance failed to play its role in investigating uMvoti Municipality irregularities, that are one of the issues of concern by the community. The committee is now taking the matter to high structures in the national level.

We were also saddened by the uMvoti Municipality spokesperson’s comments when she referred to our community as a ‘handful of residents’. We doubt the judgement of the spokesperson and we wonder how many errors she has made in the municipality as the picture in the [recent] Greytown Gazette contradicts her statement about the number of people from Ward 7 who are concerned.

The spokesperson seems to be the mouthpiece of a certain group who are looting the municipality. It is a disgrace for our municipality to have a spokesperson of this calibre who deliberately goes out and lies to the press by covering the wrongs of the municipality.

It is a lie to say that Enhlalakahle residents don’t want people from other [wards] in the FET College project. What we say as the community is that general workers and service providers in the construction phase, as the government stipulates, should come from where operations occur, which in this case is our ward. Unless the ANC led government is contradicting by saying something [else] and doing the opposite. We want to state categorically and clearly that the FET College, in terms of education, is open to everyone but in terms of labour and sub-construction we will not bow down, it belongs to Ward 7 residents.

Since the municipality is not willing to listen to us, we will persist until their ears can hear what we say as the community, like it happened during the apartheid era when the National Party didn’t want to listen but we did make it listen. We totally condemn the statement made by the spokesperson in the recent Greytown Gazette.

Lastly, there are number of issues about the municipality and it’s not only about the FET [College]. We stated all that to the delegation from the province.

Fanozi Shaik

Deputy charperson of Enhlalakahle ward committee

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