Petition to save the city

2019-03-20 06:00
Anthony Waldhausen, the petition co-ordinator, poses with some of the articles covered in the newspapersabout the decaying city. PHOTO: byrone athman

Anthony Waldhausen, the petition co-ordinator, poses with some of the articles covered in the newspapersabout the decaying city. PHOTO: byrone athman

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FOLLOWING a public community meeting held in February, Anthony Waldhausen took it upon himself to co-ordinate a petition campaign highlighting the grievances and demands of the people from the meeting to deliver to the mayor.

“Everyone at the meeting spoke of how they are at their wits end regarding the dysfunctionality of the municipality, focusing on various reports of mismanagement of public funds in the papers.”

“The people complained of various issues from potholes to dumping and I thought it would be a good idea for us to have our complaints recognised through a petition,” said Waldhausen, whose goal is to gather 10% of the population’s signatures.

Waldhausen has since set up an online petition with the Awethu Amandla website and has gone viral on social media as well as also developing a hard copy of the petition for those who do not have access to the Internet and to maximise residential participation.

Appealing to all residents of Pietermaritzburg, Waldhausen said: “The ground swell of support from all residents in Msunduzi Municipality has been encouraging. I meet people on the ground who speak of their sadness, frustrations, hopelessness, despair and unhappiness of the current situation of the municipality [and] there are some who have come forward to ask what more they can do.

“We call on all residents, businesses, NGOs, political parties, religious institutions, traditional leadership, trade unions to support this petition and sign up.

“We all aware of the national and provincial elections on May 8 and this would be an opportunity for residents of Msunduzi to take a stand and vote to bring about the change we need for the better of the city.”

Since beginning the campaign, Waldhausen said that they have gathered over 5 500 signatures but emphasised that they needed more.

Once Waldhausen receives the necessary number of signatures or by the deadline date, residents will then march to the mayor’s office and hand over the petition addressing their grievances and have stated that should the mayor not address these issues they would petition for the national minister and provincial MEC for Cogta to intervene and place the municipality under administration for a second time.

Those who are keen to host petition tables can get hold of Anthony Waldhausen by e-mailing arwaldhausen@gmail.com

Residents may also access the online petition at https://awethu.amandla.mobi/petitions/save-msunduzi-city

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