A poet from Mpophomeni in Howick released a poem on Thursday detailing his reasons on how uMngeni Municipality was won by the DA.
Siyabonga Mpungose told The Witness that the poem shows that he’s not happy about how politicians carried themselves.
“The leaders in uMngeni need to know that the struggle has changed, and that the youth won’t shy away from telling them the truth,” said Mpungose.
His poem is titled ‘Uhambe kanjan uMngeni’ which can be loosely translated to how the municipality was taken over by the DA from the ANC.
Mpungose said the leaders had pride and did not listen to the community. In his poem he said the municipality was won by another party because of slow service delivery and the youth not being interested in voting because of unemployment and feeling neglected.
One of the things he mentions in his poem is the electricity crises at Mathandubisi, a community in Howick that has had no electricity for over three months.
“They promised us a sports stadium with a budget of R5 million. Nothing much has been done to it, but they said it will be finished,” said Mpungose.
He added that youth talent is neglected, youth centers are not taken care off and are closed.
“Whenever you’d ask for financial support from the municipality, they ignore all of that, yet they still ask themselves how they lost the municipality,” said Mpungose.
He also spoke of people from Mpophomeni who were involved in the struggle saying they are probably turning in their graves seeing what is happening in uMngeni.
“They misused the municipal finances and slowed down service delivery for people. They visited people at Shiyabazali Informal Settlement who had no water, yet they live next to uMngeni River,” he said in the poem.
Mpungose added he tried to encourage the youth to vote but they reminded him of the issues they face as young people in uMngeni.
“There’s so much talent in uMngeni that the municipality could’ve supported to decrease crime and drug use among young people, but they failed. We tried to speak to the councillors and comrades, but it fell on deaf ears,” said Mpungose.
The DA won uMngeni municipality with 47% of the votes and a majority of 13 seats while the ANC has 12 seats with two seats taken by the EFF.