Ward committee wants answers from council

2020-01-15 06:00

ONE would like to highlight some issues which are of great concern to society.

If one can just go back to what someone said to people during the time of the canvassing for the by-election at Ward 7.

Somebody lied to people and said a certain Umvoti mayor handed over houses without electricity at 497 sites when it was the beneficiaries themselves who said they don’t mind entering houses without electricity.

What we see at Slums Clearance is shameful because beneficiaries were put into their houses, which were incomplete and didn’t have electricity.

As we speak, installations have been done to the houses but not connections as people are still without electricity.

What we heard is that some individual has to come and officially cut the ribbon to connect electricity for the Slums Clearance [housing project].

Since we know that an official cutting of the ribbon is an event on its own, we therefore want to know where the money for that will be coming from as there are rumours that municipal temporal employees [were fired] at the end of [December].

Honourable Councillor [Godfrey Mavundla] protested against certain municipal councillors and officials who have misused and stolen rates [money or] have not paid money back.

Instead of them paying back the money to sustain the municipality, they decided to stop people from working so that they can still have money for their salaries and maybe have some more money to steal.

I would like to make this categorically clear that, by saying all that I have said, I am not stamping on anybody’s toes and I am not picking a fight with anybody, but I am just utilising my right to freedom of speech since we live in South Africa, which is governed democratically.

FANOZI SHAIK

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