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SACP Buffalo City Region leads march to demand housing and better service delivery

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - MARCH 24, 2017
SACP Buffalo City Region leads march to demand housing and better service delivery

The South African Communist Party (SACP) Buffalo City Region on Thursday led a  march to demand fair allocation of subsidized RDP housing and better service delivery from the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality as well as the Eastern Cape Department of Education, Eastern Cape Department of Health and the South African Police Services (SAPS).

The march saw a sizeable group of residents walking from the party's New Life site office, in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality's Ward 13, to the Chicken Farm Sports Grounds.

Addressing those gathered, SACP Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary, Xolile Nqatha, began by thanking residents for holding a peaceful march.

“We are not opposing the leading government, but we are against corruption and exploitation of our country and demanding a clean governance and proper service delivery to the people as a whole,”  said Nqatha.

He said that people are dying of poverty and the community needs to stand together and fight for what rightfully belongs to them while also fighting rampant corruption.

Nqatha said that the march had been organised to raise awareness to many issues affecting residents, especially relating to housing and service delivery.

He said that the SACP was calling for an end to the "manipulation" of housing beneficiary lists by councillors and Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality officials; illegal eviction of rightful beneficiaries of houses by Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality officials, end to selling of RDP houses by Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality officials collaborating with some councillors and rectification of the poorly-built RDP houses.

The SACP also said that the Metro should also be building schools, clinics and sports grounds for residents in the area in addition to making available better transportation for school children.

The party also called for fairness in how criminal cases are handled by the SAPS in the area.

Speaking at the same march, SACP Eastern Cape Provincial spokesperson, Siyabonga Mdodi, said that the people of Ward 13 have lost job opportunities, RDP houses and a lot of money meant for service delivery due to blatant corruption and poor governance in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality.

“We are putting our justifiable demands in the front of our government for them to be considered as the matter of urgency, we are doing this for all of us to find a sustainable solutions in combating corruption and fasten service delivery to the people,” said Mdodi.

Speaking to RNEWS, Ward 13 resident, Nosipho Kwindana, said that service delivery was at a standstill in the area and the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality was doing nothing to address issues.

“We were given RDP houses early last year and promised electricity, but still today, we have no electricity and whenever we confront our councillor about the issue, she always makes promises that they'll deliver but nothing is happening,” said Kwindana.

Another resident, Zuzile Ndabeni, echoed her and said that they are suffering in Ward 13 with no schools and proper health facilities.

“Our government has forsaken us, there are no schools here and our children have to travel to other areas for education and even the transportation provided by government it's not in good condition,” said Ndabeni.

A memorandum of demands was delivered to the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM), the Eastern Cape Department of Education, the Eastern Cape Department of Health and the SAPS. They were given seven working days to respond to the demands.