Service delivery protests: Residents lose patience with Ekurhuleni

By Michele Clarke MPL , DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Benoni:

The DA in Gauteng condemns the violent service delivery protests in Etwatwa and Daveyton, Ekurhuleni which have resulted in the vandalism of a school and the ANC Ward Councillor in the area’s house being set alight.

Residents of Ward 65 in Etwatwa and Ward 66 Daveyton have taken to the streets demanding that the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) ensure they are provided basic services.

For the last nine years, residents in these wards experience daily water interruptions or exceptionally low water pressure.

In Etwatwa Ext’s 17, 18 and19, toilets provided by the municipality have not had roofs for the past six years – neither have they had water to flush away excrement.

These matters have been taken to the ANC Ward Councillor by the community – but their grievances have fallen on deaf ears.

While people have a right to services, and have a right to demand that the EMM provides these services – no one has a right to cause malicious damage to public or private property.

The DA calls on Gauteng Cooperative Governance MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, to address this as a matter of urgency and to take EMM Mayor, Mondlie Gungubele to task over the issue.