Gugulethu residents demand services

Service delivery was the common cause for protesting communities in Gugulethu.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA
Service delivery was the common cause for protesting communities in Gugulethu.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Lack of basic services has angered different communities and they took to the streets of Gugulethu to voice their concerns on Thursday 19 September.

The protestors came from wards 13 and 14 to hand over a memorandum to the City of Cape Town offices in Gugulethu.

Some of their demands were the maintenance of roads, electricity and the drainage systems. They also want rubbish bins or other places to dump their waste.

Other demands included mobile police stations in key crime areas and regular police patrols. They also want the employment database to rotate and be controlled by area committees and ward councillors, and the ward allocation budget to be discussed with community members to ensure it met their respective needs.

They said they are aware that some of their demands are applicable to the national government, but they want the City to communicate with them. They gave the City 14 days to respond.

Nomawethu Bhongo from Marcus Garvey said they took part in the protest because of the way they live, which she described as unacceptable for humans.

“We do not have running water, electricity, toilets, and our refuse never gets collected so we are sick and tired,” she said.

Ramaphosa informal settlement resident Zusimanye Makapela said they are living in filth. “The City of Cape Town does not provide us with any services so we came here to let them know that enough is enough,” she said.

One of the organisers Eric Notona said residents no longer trust subcouncil managers. He claimed they do nothing in their wards and called for the City to remove them.

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