Protests flare up at KwaNomzamo

2018-03-08 06:00

PROTESTS flared up at KwaNomzamo on Tuesday, forcing law enforcement authorities to close the road and divert traffic travelling between Humansdorp and St Francis.

The road was opened again that evening following talks between the municipal leadership and a delegation from the protesters.

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen said the group’s main grievance was the lack of RDP housing in KwaNomzamo and the need for the informal settlement at the waste water treatment works to be relocated.

“The municipality is not the official housing authority; therefore we could not make any promises in this regard. We have, however, undertaken to facilitate a meeting for the community with the East Cape Department of Human Settlements,” she said.

She said the municipality had already addressed most of the grievances that were raised during a similar protest at KwaNomzamo last year.

“Gravel roads were graded, water pressure problems were resolved and an extra 21 taps were installed at informal areas.

“The municipality will also roll out a bucket eradication programme from the new financial year. About 540 buckets are still in use in KwaNomzamo.”

She cautioned that the severe drought had limited further intervention because the municipality had to reduce the budget for some services to fund the implementation of drought-relief measures such as the drilling of boreholes.

“We have appealed to ward councillors to sensitise their communities to the seriousness of the water situation as it will continue to impact on other service areas such as road maintenance.”

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