Leadership meets with residents about grievances

2017-06-01 06:01

KOUGA Municipality and a group of residents from Ocean View met last week to discuss a petition that was handed to the municipal leadership at a recent protest march.

The residents were concerned about the manner in which ‘war rooms’ had been established in their ward and said they were dissatisfied with their ward councillor. Housing and electricity topped their list of service complaints.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the Council was in full agreement with the disgruntled residents about the ‘war rooms’ that had allegedly been established in their ward.

“The establishment of the ‘war rooms’ took place despite Council formally resolving not to support this programme,” said van Lingen.

“Council is of the view that the ‘war rooms’ – which were initiated by the East Cape Provincial Government - are simply a duplication of structures such as the ward committees. There is no legislative backing for ‘war rooms’ as there is for ward committees and no funding support.

“For us the priority is, therefore, to ensure that our ward committees function as they should in line with legislation, in which case there is no need for ‘war rooms’.”

Mayor Van Lingen said the community’s grievances were being investigated by the Office of the Speaker.

“We are monitoring the implementation of the housing project at Ocean View by the East Cape Department of Human Settlements. The project has taken a long time to get off the ground and we do not want to see further delays push back the completion time any further,” she said.

“The housing project is also of great importance when it comes to addressing the challenges that are being experienced with illegal electricity connections.”

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