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Social media messages warn of more protest action on Stanford Road

May 9, 2017
Social media messages warn of more protest action on Stanford Road

According to social media messages, the protest action that has been taking place along Stanford Road, in the Helenvale area of Port Elizabeth, will continue on Tuesday.

Angry residents have since last week been blocking off the road to traffic with burning tires and rubble forcing motorists to go through Algoa Park.

According to the social media messages seen by RNEWS, the protest in Helenvale is about five issues.

The protesters claim that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's development arm, the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), has not been delivering what was supposed to be covered by the German funding.

"There is no audit report to show how much and how the monies has been spent and what is leftover," reads the message.

The second grievance surrounds what the protesters claim to be the Democratic Alliance (DA) "not winning the Ward fair and square during the election due to the ballot boxes that went missing on (sic) which the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) did nothing about the formal dispute that was lodged".

The message also claims that there has not been any service delivery from the DA Councillor and no public meetings held in the area.

Grievance number four concerns local SMME's from the community, which the protesters claim are "not benefiting from projects by MBDA and others".

The final issue is that they claim that "there are 67 people in the Metro police, who was brought in from the Western Cape to come and work here, what about our unemployed matriculants who could've been employed in those posts?"

"These issues has been raised with the office of the Mayor on several occasions through petitions and a memorandum that was handed over and a meeting was requested,they never came back to the community to set up that meeting," reads the message.

"There are also other branches that are joining us in solidarity for these issues and we want to submit names from all these branches of unemployed matriculants, who can replace those 67 people that was imported by the [Executive Mayor Athol] Trollip to be in the Metro police."

RNEWS will keep you updated on developments.

Image: Courtesy of Marlon Daniels via Facebook