Nelson Mandela Bay one of safest cities in SA - Mongameli Bobani
Nelson Mandela Bay is one of the safest cities in the country, says mayor Mongameli Bobani.
However, when questioned on the statement, safety and security portfolio head Litho Suka said Bobani was highlighting the five-month period since the coalition came to power.
"It's important to note that the mayor is speaking about the entire five-month period. The recent killings in the metro are only happening now. Before that there was not much crime in the city," Suka said. Bobani was addressing members of the media during a breakfast session at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
"We fervently believe that a healthy community is built on safe communities and because of this we can say that the Nelson Mandela Metro is one of the safest cities in the country," Bobani said.
He made the statement in the wake of an increase in crime in the metro. Bobani was also outlining the achievements and plans of the coalition government in the Bay.
The Herald reported earlier this month that police were pleading with residents to break the silence following nine murders in nine days. "You know that we are now experiencing killings in our city. In the northern areas young kids are killing each other and this is because people have nothing to do," Bobani said.
Bobani said the coalition government would use job creation as a way to curb crime. "Once you create jobs you will make sure that these people are working for their money," Bobani said. Suka said roadblocks were ongoing to ensure residents were safe.
The session also looked at the plans and successes of the various departments. These include the recent positive credit rating by Moody's.
Bobani said the aim of the session was to reinforce the relationship between the coalition and the media. “There is too much at stake to let petty politics overshadow the public good and progress we are making in the city," he said.
“Our relationship is turbulent because we are going through a turbulent time. We cannot allow misinformation and partisan programmes to delay our mission and hard-earned freedom. “Things are different now, or simply put, our mission and strategy is to connect and implement and support our poor and disadvantaged communities.
“A healthy and clean government is part of our DNA, and this is why we are launching a metro-wide programme to remove trash across the metro. Our people deserve a clean space. We cannot allow environmental decay in the city,” Bobani said...