Ward 7 is being oppressed

2019-10-30 06:02

I THINK it is not really true to say all politicians are liars.

Mandela [Nelson], Sobukwe [Robert] and many others were not liars and we have current politicians who are also not liars. However, we have so-called politicians who are chancers and opportunists who are swimming in the wrong pool because of greediness and power mongering.

Because of a lack of vision for the game they chose to play, they create all sorts of problems and obstacles for themselves and, when they are obligated to come and answer on such, they start making excuses and postponements, all in the interests of misleading our people.

According to our knowledge, provided to us by politicians, when a project or development happens in the community or ward, people of that ward or community must immediately be beneficiaries in terms of jobs, skills development and others. That is why there is a certain percentage allocated for locals and non-locals in terms of the above but, to our surprise, that is not happening with our uMvoti Municipality when it comes to ward 7.

This ward is under immense oppression by the municipality because of some players playing in the wrong league.

People of ward 7 have been denied access to projects and job opportunities in their area, such as at the hospital, TVET College and Slum Clearance to name a few.

People of ward 7 were denied a chance to choose [which of] the two soccer fields [were going to receive an] upgrade. Before the contractor could even start, we sent our councillor with an objection to the upgrade of this small field and we asked that the municipality hear our views on this, but they chose to ignore us.

We have stopped the municipality from overly stealing ward 7 people’s jobs at the TVET College, where they had called people from their wards, depriving ours of their deserved opportunity.

We stopped them because the speaker and his crew were undermining and ignoring agreements reached between our committee and both the provincial and regional structures of the ANC and after that with the mayor.

We agreed on the initial number of people to be hired [and on the] procedure to be followed. The community is our witness on this because, after [meeting] with the mayor, we all went to meet with the community to tell them what we had agreed upon.

Seeing all this happening, we then requested the speaker of the council, through our councillor, to come and give us clarity on why all [this] is happening. He has promised [to come] on four occasions but has never honoured [his promise].

We know he will not come to ward 7 because he has lied enough.

We also know that the speaker and a certain high-profile figure at the hospital have made it extremely hard for ward 7 people to gain access to job opportunities [in the cleaning services]. Employees from the cleaning company should have taken their annual leave, but they haven’t only because ward 7 people must not be hired at the hospital.

Phase two at Slums Clearance has started, but the ward 7 community has been deliberately left out. We don’t know who the community liaison officer is and how they hired labour there.

These are all the issues we want the speaker to answer on, but we know he cannot because at one stage he could not come as he had to see the doctor. Subsequent to that, he had some commitment in Pietermaritzburg for the whole week.

On a certain day he had to come and introduce the ward councillor and give the community a chance to add three ward committee members, but he did not come. Instead, he sent V. Ndlovu to perform the duty of his behalf. At this time his ear was [aching], and he went to the doctor again.The speaker knew he could not face the ward 7 community because we had complained to him about the non­performance of the committee. Therefore, he knew that we were not going to add [new members] but we would insist on electing a new one, which is what we did. Now, the speaker and the municipal manager do not want to acknowledge the newly-elected committee because [it is a] municipal committee and not a ward committee. So, it is evident that this one is not going to serve the interest of the municipality but that of the community, therefore they will not accept it.


Chairperson of eNhlalakahle Development Committee


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