Helenvale gets visit from ANC heavyweights

Rochelle de Kock

HELENVALE’S forlorn 7de Laan informal settlement was a hive of activity yesterday as almost the entire ANC leadership of the Nelson Mandela Bay council swooped in to help after a devastating shack fire at the weekend.

Shocked residents looked on as the team, many wearing ANC T-shirts and waving flags, rolled up their sleeves, put on gloves and picked up rubbish in the largely neglected area.

The visit followed protests last Thursday and Friday, in which residents complained only friends of DA ward councillor Nico du Plessis and his party supporters were given jobs on the construction of new bus lanes in Stanford Road.

Yesterday’s visit was originally slotted to be for municipal officials following a shack fire at the weekend in which a man was killed.

Instead, mayor Ben Fihla and his deputy, Chippa Ngcolomba, pulled strings, with one phone call from them resulting in heavy trucks and front-end loaders being brought in to clear rubbish about which there have been many complaints. Plumbers were also called in to install new communal taps.

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