Councillors targeted in service protests

Luyolo Mkentane

TWO Nelson Mandela Bay municipal ward councillors came under fire as residents protested against poor service delivery in Port Elizabeth yesterday.

The first protest, staged at 4am, was by about 500 Missionvale residents who demanded basic services including water, electricity and roads, the eradication of the bucket system and employment.

They blockaded the Old Uitenhage Road with burning tyres, rubble and buckets full of faeces. The protesters also dumped the contents of the buckets at DA ward 32 (Missionvale) councillor Sandra Fillis’s office.

Fillis dismissed the residents’ claims of slow service delivery as political interference aimed at removing her from office.

“This has got nothing to do with service delivery, this is political because they never had a service delivery protest when the ANC was running this ward.”

Meanwhile, Motherwell residents staged a sit-in at ANC ward 32 councillor Sindiswa Mtimkulu’s office.

ANC ward 23 (Motherwell) branch chairman Xolani Mgxotheni said: “The residents say they don’t want Mtimkulu because nothing has happened in the ward since she took office. They are also angry at her nasty attitude and disrespect. They say she employs her friends in community projects.”

Mtimkulu refused to comment yesterday.

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