Number Of Service Delivery Protests Has Declined - Mayor

NOVEMBER 13, 2014

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Ben Fihla told Council this morning that the number of service delivery protests had been declining attributing this to the deployment of the Rapid Task Team.

Fihla also warned that “lawlessness” under the guise of service delivery protests “cannot be tolerated and must end”.

The Mayor said that service delivery protests were focused on housing, singling out “shoddy work” as one reason for this as well as the shortage of land, adding that the provision of land for Seaview residents needed to be expedited.

A National Council of Provinces (NCOP) team that visited the metro during Provincial Week also pointed to the rectification of houses and the delivery of houses as one reason for service delivery protests in a report tabled in Parliament today, while it also mentioned poverty and unemployment.

The Mayor acknowledged that the public participation issue remained a “big challenge,” adding that “something needs to be done soon”.

He said that the people of Nelson Man-dela Bay “have lost faith in their public representatives and the municipality”.

Fihla said that “all of us must be held responsible” for this, adding that a strategy needed to be developed with regard to the holding of report back meetings to communities by councillors.

Referring to the electrocution of resi-dents of Ward 40 he said this was “either the result of negligence on our part” or the result of cable theft.

Speaking later, Deputy-Mayor Chippa Ngcolomba said Fihla was looking at the issue of a replacement for Buyisile Mkavu as Human Settlements Committee chairman. Mkavu was assassinated.

Ngcolomba also said that City Manager Mpilo Mbambisa was working on the issue of security with regard to Human Settlements personnel after it was revealed that some were already being protected by bodyguards. - MetroMinutes