Petition handed over to mayor

2019-04-17 06:01
Mayor Themba Njilo receiving the petition signed by 6 090 residents and ratepayers from Pietermaritzburg at the City Hall on Friday. PHOTO: supplied

Mayor Themba Njilo receiving the petition signed by 6 090 residents and ratepayers from Pietermaritzburg at the City Hall on Friday. PHOTO: supplied

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ANTHONY Waldhausen, petition co-ordinator of strong and serious concerns on behalf of Pietermaritzburg residents, handed over the petition which collected 6 090 signatures to mayor Themba Njilo at City Hall on Friday.

Waldhausen, who has been collecting signatures since early in the year, said that the petition was to relay the concerns of ratepayers and residents in the city and a way for them to voice their thoughts on the lack of effective and efficient delivery of basic services by the Msunduzi Local Municipality.

A list of demands was included in the petition with residents asking for the municipality to sort out the billing and accounting systems, repairing of potholes and road resurfacing and cutting and clearing of overgrown verges and open spaces among other things.

“These demands that we have included in the petition need to be put in place by April 15 and should they not be met, we the concerned residents and ratepayers will be forced to motivate for national and provincial intervention in the local government and management of Msunduzi in accordance of section 139 of our national Constitution,” said Waldhausen.

Waldhausen said that they were urging the mayor to take the petition seriously in the light of the catastrophic lack of basic service delivery in Msunduzi.

Njilo acknowledged the petition in his office on Friday and stated that the petition was not taken lightly and would be attended to.

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