EThekwini mayor condemns Inchanga violence

2016-08-23 22:14
New eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

New eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – Newly-elected eThekwini metro mayor Zandile Gumede on Tuesday condemned the murders of two people in Inchanga.

“As a peace-loving city, it hurts us to see violent acts taking place in our communities such as Inchanga. We ask that the law take its course and bring those responsible to book,” she said in her maiden speech, after being sworn in.

On Sunday, SACP member Nonsikelelo Blose, 40, was shot and killed, allegedly by an ANC member, in full view of local residents. On Monday morning, ANC member Xolani Ngcobo was shot and stoned to death, apparently in a revenge attack.

About 15 people had been killed in the province before and after the August 3 local government elections.

Gumede warned councillors, staff, and people who did business with the city that they would face the full might of the law if involved in corruption.

Councillors had promised to serve citizens with respect and humility and conduct council affairs honestly and transparently. They would continuously be measured on their performance. They were expected to establish ward committees soon and the speaker would oversee this.

The previous council, led by James Nxumalo, laid a firm foundation for service delivery. The new council would accelerate service delivery and promote economic growth, she said.

While eThekwini had a good service delivery track record, it needed to continue to get the basics right.

“Our streets must be clean, roads must be without potholes, waste must be collected weekly. Our streets must have lamps that work, households and businesses must have regular power supply. Safety must be addressed, and water and sanitation are also in our list of priorities,” she said.

eThekwini had grown from 103 wards to 110. She said the city would not tolerate slums and land invasion and would ensure there was enough housing.

The city would prioritise transforming townships such as Umlazi and kwaMashu and roll out Wi-Fi infrastructure throughout Durban.

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