SQUABBLE OVER COMMUNITY HALL SITE: DAILY DISPATCH

A R1.5-MILLION community hall still to be built in a Transkei village has already turned into a political hot potato.

There are allegations a neighbouring ANC-supporting traditional leader wants to prevent opposition parties from using the hall.

The dispute has attracted the provincial government and the DA, whose MPL Veliswa Mvenya wrote to the local government and traditional affairs department.

The hall was to be built by the Umzimvubu Municipality whose Khulukazi Phangwa was accused of having two RDP houses meant for Sigidini Village built inside her yard.

Residents allege the hall would be built in traditional leader Nomfezeko Rolobile’s yard because she was trying to control DA activities in the village.

But Rolobile denied she was an ANC supporter or that the hall would be be built in her yard.

Umzimvubu spokesman Sithembile Khulu said it would be built on a site decided by the community.

Construction was due to start at the end of the month.

Community member Mangi Mqushwane said the hall was initially earmarked for “Sigidini B” but this was overturned at a meeting held at Rolobe’s great place.

“They never called a meeting to discuss this. They said it was a meeting about people using stoves, and as a result people affected never attended,” he said.

In her letter, Mvenya wrote: “People are undermined by this ANCled municipality.

“The Freedom Charter spells it out that ‘the people shall govern’. People are doing exactly that, and then they are treated like this.”

Mqushwane said they would call a meeting to decide on a march to the municipal offices.

Local government superintendentStanley Khanyile said community facilities should not be built inside a great place or a traditional leader’s private home. —