ANC no-show invokes service delivery protests in Ekuthuleni

Ashor Sarupen MPL

DA Constituency Head: Springs-Daveyton

Angry residents of the Ekuthuleni Informal Settlement took to the streets of Kwa-Thema near Springs yesterday after the ANC ward councillor for the area failed to arrive at a scheduled meeting.

This is the second protest in the area in the last 12 months.

The area is a frequent site of protests, mainly relating to the failure of the Ekurhuleni Metro (EMM) to live up to its mandate of allocating RDP housing to residents.

70 houses were built and allocated to beneficiaries in 2007, but the initial promise from the ANC led Metro was that all valid beneficiaries in the area would receive houses.

Seven years after these houses were built, there appears to have been no steps taken to complete the project despite numerous promises from the ANC councillor, the EMM and the department of human settlements.

If the ANC is unable to attend to meetings to hear concerns of the community, it is then little wonder that the community are forced to such extreme lengths to have their voices heard.

This entire situation could have been avoided if the ANC councillor had attended the meeting as requested by the community, but more importantly, if the ANC had kept its promises.