first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Burning tyres and angry chanting was the scene in Ekuvukeni earlier today (Monday) as Ward 5 residents staged a protest against poor service delivery. They gathered around their local municipal offices (Indaka Local Municipality)) and barricaded the streets with tyres and rocks to block municipal workers from entering the building.Aside from what is perceived as bad service delivery, the community is also complaining about certain municipal officials and accusing them of corruption. They are demanding that the mayor fire some “incompetent” municipal employees. Other issues include ongoing projects that never seem to reach a conclusion, such as the road works that extend from the local police station to the KwaGadeni area. One of the protesters, who did not want to be named, told a Ladysmith Gazette journalist that two contractors have been busy on that road, but neither one finished the job. He added that RDP houses need to be repaired. “They said they would fix our houses, but we have been waiting and nothing has been done,” he fumed.Police officers were deployed to the scene to make sure the protest did not turn violent.Indaka Mayor Nathi Mchunu was also there to address the community. Speaking to the angry mob, he said, “I am not responsible for the hiring and firing of municipal staff.” He pleaded with the residents to give council two weeks so they can come up with a solution regarding the matter.last_img

Ekuvukeni residents strike over poor service delivery

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