France protesters turn to Ndlela

2016-05-13 08:27
Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela at the media launch of the State of the City address yesterday.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela at the media launch of the State of the City address yesterday. (Kailene Pillay)

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Pietermaritzburg - Protesting residents of the Mpumelelo informal settlement of France, have turned to Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela.

The protesters, who blocked Richmond road on the France turn-off on Tuesday, submitted a letter to Ndlela yesterday detailing their issues and also calling on him to come and address the community.

The protesters, who had been protesting about the nomination of the ANC’s ward 18 candidate, believed that Ndlela would address them on Tuesday.

This was despite Msunduzi spokesperson Nqobile Madonda telling The Witness that Ndlela had not been scheduled to visit the settlement on the day.

The protesters said they would await Ndlela’s response to the invitation since the regional ANC leadership had “failed” to come and address them.

The protesters are demanding that current councillor Sindisiwe Gwala be removed from the party’s list of candidates for the 2016 local government elections.

Gwala is standing for a second term, but protesters said in her first term there had been no service delivery and accused her of neglecting their area and only prioritising services to Imbali 14 where she is from.

On Tuesday police had to use rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the protesters who had blocked roads with rocks, burning tyres, poles and wood.

Pupils who had managed to get to schools there were sent home later amid a false alarm that the protesters were going to burn down the schools.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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