Nkobongo residents have preferred candidate

2016-05-11 06:00

PROTEST action broke out in Nkobongo on Monday with protesters blocking the road with bricks and burning tyres as they had an issue with the current councillor and the candidate nominated to contest this year’s local government election.

Umhlali SAPS spokesperson, Vinny Pillay said an estimated 200 people blocked roads preventing people from going to work. He said the protesters were saying they do not want the current councillor and neither do they want the person nominated to contest this year’s election, but rather have their own preferred candidate.

He said ANC Greater KwaDukuza Region treasurer Thulani Ntuli accepted a memorandum of demands from the protesters and promised to look into the issues raised.

Pillay said no property was damaged during the protest and no persons were injured and no arrests were made by the police.

ANC Greater KwaDukuza Region spokesperson, Lucky Makhathini said such protests can be expected in the region due to the tension that could result from the possibility that a large number of current councillors could be replaced.

He said in the KwaDukuza Region 50 to 70% of the individuals that lead in the ANC’s local government election nomination process are new candidates, meaning current councillors could possibly be replaced.

He added that community members could be unsettled by the possible change by falsely assuming that developments, such as housing and electricity, that are yet to be rolled out would no longer materialise under a newly elected councillor.

“We are trying to explain to our branches that such developments are rolled out by government and not councillors. That means if a person had already been listed to be awarded a house during the tenure of the old councillor they would still receive their house if a new one is elected in that ward,” he said.

Pillay said once Ntuli had accepted the memorandum the protesters dispersed peacefully and the situation remained calm in the area with no other incidences reported.

We are trying to explain to our branches
that such developments are rolled out by
government and not councillors. That means
if a person had already been listed to be
awarded a house during the tenure of the old councillor they would still receive their house
if a new one is elected in that ward.

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