Leaders commit to residents

2018-06-12 06:00

Authorities are expected to meet with Westlake residents to address their demands this week.

The City Of Cape Town has confirmed receipt of a memorandum handed over during a march on Monday 4 June.

Mayco member (South), Eddie Andrews, says: “We are studying the four-page memorandum and have committed to a follow-up meeting with residents next week when we will provide feedback on the issues contained in the memorandum.”

Angry residents took to the streets to voice their concerns about the lack of service delivery in their community.

Among their grievances was lack of housing development and poor service.

Resident Amanda Nobanda says the community demands answers about housing development plans and poor service at the local clinic. She says they have been waiting for too long for their councillor to address their needs. Nobanda says they started raising the need for houses during the last term but the City of Cape Town failed them. “Even with this councillor we have tried several times to make her understand how serious this is, to no avail. We are tired of waiting and we are prepared to take further actions to make our grievances heard. This march was just the beginning and we hope it will bear positive results otherwise there will be no end until we get what we want. We want houses and better services at the clinic.” .

Nobanda says their families are cramped in small pieces of land with overpopulated backyard dwellings.

She says they want authorities to respond to their grievances within seven days.

Another resident, Monique Dumezweni, says it saddens them that they had to go this far to get the promised services. She says they want the government to stop giving away their land and start utilising it for the betterment of their community. She says they have been neglected for years and they cannot take it anymore.

Dumezweni also explains that they want the City to intervene in finding solutions to the poor service offered at the clinic. She says some residents have resorted to going to Constantia Clinic to avoid sitting in queues for hours only to get turned away or be treated with disrespect.

Traffic was interrupted for hours on the day of the march as residents blocked routes linked to Steenberg Drive between Westlake and Alphen Shopping Centre. Several roads including Orpen and Spaanschemat River roads were affected.

Penny East, the ward councillor, says she is aware of the housing development issue but is “afraid that there is nothing planned for Westlake at the moment”.

She says they will meet with the community to give detailed answers.

Kirstenhof police spokesperson, Captain Edgar Jones, says no damage was caused during the march.

He says no shots were fired and no-one was arrested.

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