POLITICAL INTOLERANCE LEADS TO VICTIMISATION OF MNQUMA WARDS

Residents of two wards of the Mnquma Municipality have been blocking the road between Butterworth and Ngqamakhwe and spent last night in rainy and cold conditions at the roadside in an attempt to highlight their dissatisfaction with the lack of service delivery in their area.

Wards 13 and 14 are the victims of political intolerance based on the political immaturity of members of the ANC. Residents have been warned to chase away representatives of the DA, including myself.

Wards 13 and 14 have been suffering from a lack of services for a long time. They do not have access to clean water and electricity and job opportunities are scarce. I have been active in these wards and done my level best to work with the Mnquma Municipality to help this community. However, municipal officials seem to be taking their cue from local ANC MPL, Bulelwa Tunyiswa, not to deliver services to Wards 13 and 14 because they would be seen to be promoting the DA.

When I recently phoned in during a local radio programme to complain about lack of electrification and water a local councillor’s response was that President Jacob Zuma had said they would deliver in 2014. This implied that the ANC is waiting for the elections so that they use these services to campaign.

MPL Tunyiswa has been known to follow me whenever I visit these wards to help people. Her style is to criticise the DA and to tell the people to chase me away and not listen, because I am a member of a “white party”.

I call on the MEC for Local Government, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, to intervene and to come up with viable service delivery solutions for these wards before this latest service delivery protest turns ugly. The actions of this usually placid and peace loving community show the level of their frustration.

The road where the protest is being held connects commuters to Queenstown. People travelling to Johannesburg and Cape Town use it and we cannot the lives of innocent bystanders at risk.

Political immaturity will not bring our people the service they so desperately need. We all need to concentrate on the job we have, which is to bring about a better life for our citizens.