King William’s Town residents take to the streets over service delivery


Disgruntled residents from Ginsberg Township, in King Williams Town, on Friday morning took to the streets in a protest over poor service delivery.

The residents blocked all the entrances to and from Ginsberg Township and burnt tyres as they sought answers from the local Ward Councillor.

Among the residents’ grievances are issues of slow housing delivery as the residents complained that they were living in unhealthy conditions while they have been on the Buffalo City Metro Municipality’s (BCMM) housing waiting list for years now.

“The residents live in shacks. They had been promised houses about two years ago, until this day they haven’t received anything,” said the resident Mfundo Ce told RNews.

Also speaking to RNews, Ward 39 Councillor, Xolani Livingstone Samana, said that he, and other ANC representatives, had a meeting with the residents and that the situation had been stabilised.

“The residents said their concerns about service delivery and we will take their grievances to the upper structures,” said Samana.

Ginsberg residents are also not happy about the distribution of municipal littering bins, saying that only a few homes get the bins.

“By Monday next week, every household in Ginsberg will get a littering bin. The reason why distribution was delayed is because those bins are big therefore we struggled in terms of transportation,” Samana also promised.

Present at the protest to observe the situation were the local police and traffic officials.

“The residents got to engage with the councillor and they have managed to stop the protest, it is now over,” said police spokesperson, Siphokazi Mawisa.