Disgruntled Nelson Mandela Bay SMMEs hold Councillors hostage: DA

MARCH 6, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday "strongly" condemned what it called the “illegal invasion of the council chamber” on Thursday morning by disgruntled SMME’s from the Nelson Mandela Bay.

“The current situation is an indictment on the absence of leadership and lack of commitment on the part of the ruling party in effectively dealing with a matter that has been left in resolved for far too long,” said Retief Odendaal, DA caucus leader for the Nelson Mandela Bay, in a statement on a local bog.

“Whilst we acknowledge the grievances of these SMME’s, illegally holding councillors hostage and council to ransom will not help to resolve their concerns.

“The trampling of the constitutional rights of others is never a solution.

“We call on the city administration and the leadership of the metro, to urgently intervene in dealing with the concerns of these SMME’s related to awarding of contracts, non-payment and to fast track the implementation of the SMME policy drafted to promote these businesses.”