New leaders insulted at meetings

Nqaba Bhanga Picture: Judy de Vega
Nqaba Bhanga
Picture: Judy de Vega

The new political leadership was heckled at two Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and budget sessions by residents, who refused to allow them to chair the meetings recently.

The Motherwell meeting on Wednesday had to be cancelled as residents refused to allow deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani to lead the gathering.

They wanted ward councillors Morgan Tshakaand Mzuvukile Boti to co-chair the proceedings.

They booed and hurled insults at Bobani, mayor Athol Trollip and the rest of the committee.

At the Henry Fazzie Hall, KwaDwesi Extension, on Thursday, there was also an attempt to disrupt the meeting, but it eventually went ahead, with residents largely raising concerns about shoddily built homes that need to be rectified.

The IDP and budget meetings are a platform for the new administration to outline its plans, and will run over five weeks.

The Bay’s ANC Youth League secretary, Siphiwo Tshaka, who attended the Motherwell meeting, said: “All we wanted was for our ward councillors to co-chair the meeting because we had voted for them on August 3.“If [Trollip] wanted his [Mongameli] Bobani to speak, then our councillor would have given him the opportunity to do so.”

Motherwell resident Simphiwe Makawula said he was saddened by the chaos because it would ultimately hamper service delivery in the ward .

“We lack the most basic needs in this community and I would have liked to inform the municipality hat they should prioritise with their budget.”

Bobani said they would appeal to the ANC’s chief whip, Litho Suka, to ensure ANC councillors were not part of attempts to destabilise meetings.

Meanwhile, the IDP and budget session with various business stakeholders went ahead without a hitch on Monday.

Budget and treasury political head Retief Odendaal said the anti-fraud and corruption hotline would be launched soon.

He also spoke about the need to capitalise on the tourism industry.

Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber chief executive Kevin Hustler said there had to be a proper process in place to fill the vacant posts in the municipality.

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