Campaign needs decisive actions to deal with corruption

2015-09-02 06:00
Motorcycle clubs participated in the march to take back the city on August 29. Pictured is Lindsay Klerk, senior municipal traffic officer.
 Photo: deon ferreira

Motorcycle clubs participated in the march to take back the city on August 29. Pictured is Lindsay Klerk, senior municipal traffic officer. Photo: deon ferreira

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MAYOR Danny Jordaan made a clarion call that corruption must be decisively dealt with to ensure that a civil society initiated campaign dubbed “Take Back Our City” established in collaboration with the municipality - is successful.

Jordaan said the “Take Back Our City” Campaign was initiated by local Police and the Community Policing Forum (CPF) with the support and direction of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

On Saturday, August 29, activities under the banner of “Take Back Our Nelson Mandela Bay” took place at the Motherwell Shopping Centre.

Jordaan said in an effort to bring awareness to the campaign he travelled together with police and a squad of bikes to different areas around the Metro including Motherwell, Uitenhage and Zwide.

During a special council meeting, Jordaan made the call for the campaign reflecting on the swift actions taken thus far to deal with corruption in the municipality.

“This campaign demonstrates that the people of this metro would like to be part of the solution. In fact to make this city work, we need to work closer together and unite across class divisions and racial lines. Crime cannot be allowed to continue as if those of us tasked with the responsibility to lead do not care about the well-being and circumstances of our people and their daily struggles. It cannot be allowed to continue,” said Jordaan.

Jordaan said the ‘Take back our City’ campaign must go beyond the realm of a crime prevention strategy. “It has the potential to represent our steadfast goal to regain ground lost due to crime, corruption, inefficiency and a lack of transparency that have caused a wedge between this local government institution and its citizens,” he added.

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