Agreement not honoured

2018-03-06 06:00

I was shocked to read comments made by ward councillor Felicity Purchase in the People’s Post (“Fees questioned, 27 February) regarding the “fees scam” which does not exist in Masiphumelele.

Purchase obviously did not speak to either of the community leaders Tshepo Moletsane or Dumsani Nhlapo. If she had done so she would have easily understood the situation.

Her irresponsible remarks have caused huge anger again in Masi.

The “divide and rule” tactics being used are dangerous at a time when anxiety is huge and is fast changing to anger. Masiphumelele anger has been known to erupt at the drop of a hat ... Does Purchase not realise that by calling people “scammers” and involving the police without checking the facts, this could easily happen again?

As expected, the Settlement Agreement signed between Mayor de Lille and elected community leader Tshepo Moletsane at the end of last year has not been honoured by the City of Cape Town. Our people are still living in life threatening conditions.

Our community leaders are not being informed of progress or the lack thereof.

The community leaders are, after consultation with the communities concerned, preparing to take legal action against the City. They have a right to do so.

Purchase needs to withdraw her statement in the People’s Post and to publically apologise to those whose who have been affected ... Defamation of character is a dangerous game.

I have been very involved with this story since the beginning and have previously notified both Adv Mkhwabane our Public Protector and Human Rights Commissioner Chris Nissen.

Commissioner Nissen has promised to prioritise the situation and I hope to meet with him in the near future.

There is no “fees scam” – just desperate plans by elected community leaders, who are recognised by the Public Protector, to ensure that our people living in sewage are evacuated as promised in the Settlement Agreement­.

Rose Milbank, Fish Hoek

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