Municipality responds to community’s demands

2016-11-09 06:01

SAKHAMKHANYA residents recently demanded that their ward councillor, Dumisani Ndimande, be removed from his position because they claimed in a memorandum handed over to the mayor, that he is corrupt.

The memorandum further claims that Ndimande's mismanagement was to blame for the "rampant service delivery protests" that broke out in the area in the past months.

The memorandum also stated that community members are kept in the dark about an ongoing housing project in the area and the change of the project's implementing agents.

Another claim made in the memo is that some houses are being built for individuals who never applied for housing and were never on the beneficiaries list.

Responding to this claim, the KwaDukuza Municipality wrote in an email: "The housing beneficiaries allocated are people that have applied for houses. The projects consist of 2200 houses and we have just built less than 100 houses. The public have a right to give us a list of those residents who they believe have not applied for houses [and this list will] be checked. It shall be noted that housing subsidies are approved by the provincial department and therefore nobody who does not meet criteria can get a house."

With regards to a concern raised in the memo that the community had not been informed and given reasons why SMADA, the contractor originally awarded the tender to build houses in the area, is no longer the implementing agent of the project, the municipality said it cannot comment on any issues relating to SMADA as the issue is currently in court.

The memorandum claims that the contractor won the case against the municipality.

Residents claim that the road infrastructure programme currently being rolled out in the area is encroaching on private premises due to the councillor's failure to consult the affected families.

"The roads project has been reported in a number of public meetings. The roads are part of the IDP, which details the needs of the community.
“Therefore, community members were consulted and are well aware of the project. The Ward Committee was democratically elected and acts as project steering committee of all projects. It is expected that they [Ward Committee] will also report back to the community," the municipality responded.

In the memorandum, a call is made that the previous ward committee should not be re-elected as it had been allegedly incompetent and had failed to hold the councillor accountable.

The memorandum states that the community is willing to take legal action if their demands are not met.


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