NCOP meeting: Herron gives his response

2015-05-05 06:00

Brett Herron is the last person to accuse NCOP members of having acted in bad faith. He must learn from them that public participation does not mean only listening to officials.

The first time the affected residents learned they must vacate in favour of the MyCiTi route was when they received notice to vacate the houses. That is not public participation.

He read in a full council meeting in January in the presence of some of them, information of money owed to the City by those tenants, but he did not say some of them made arrangement to pay off their arrears.

He accused the ANC of supporting people who do not want to pay their rent.

He said in a portfolio meeting on the same day of the NCOP visit that the route has been decided upon and is going ahead irrespective of the outcome of the public participation.

I will also keep on reminding him that he confirmed in a workshop in December last year that there is an alternate route but some people had to walk far to get the bus.

In February he accepted an invitation to the Standing Committee on Transport in the Provincial Legislature to account for the mess in Plumstead. Guess what: he chickened out. Or maybe he was advised not to take Lennit Max seriously. We all know they are in different camps.

He keeps on saying that he is more than prepared to meet the residents but ran away from a very good opportunity to clarify any confusion he thought there was in the presence of the NCOP members. Maybe he must ask the member of his party who was part of the NCOP delegation how she feels about the matter. It was clear to me that day that she understands her responsibility as a public representative.

As Tony Ehrenreich said, Herron must engage with the residents and stop running away from reality.

He is even undermining the fact that there might be land claims on a section of that land they plan on using for that route.

The ANC will continue to play our oversight role and support residents whose rights are been undermined by the DA administration.

During the process of arranging the oversight visit, the NCOP requested to be briefed on Phase 2 of the MyCiTi project. Given the scale of this project and the massive benefit to about 1.4 million residents living in 35 communities, this request was not surprising.

We arranged with the NCOP that we would drive them along the proposed route from Khayelitsha to Wynberg and brief them on aspects of this project along the way. Shortly before departing Khayelitsha, I was informed the members no longer wanted that briefing but instead wanted to travel directly to Plumstead. This was contrary to our arrangement.

On the way to Wynberg, I stopped the convoy of vehicles at Nolungile station in Khayelitsha where I attempted to brief

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