Residents march against metro decisions

Residents from Mabopane, Winterveldt and Ga-Rankuwa gathered at Marabastad and marched to Tshwane House to hand over a memorandum.

Tshwane residents held a protest on Monday, voicing their grievances against decisions made by Mayor Solly Msimanga.

Residents from Mabopane, Winterveldt and Ga-Rankuwa gathered at Marabastad and marched to Tshwane House to hand over a memorandum.

Concerned Residents Group chairperson, David Ratladi, said the residents felt Msimanga was violating their constitutional right to be consulted.

“Our constitution stipulates under Act 108 of 1996 that a municipal authority must involve its residents when making decisions that involve the residents as they are ratepayers,” said Ratladi.

He said the metro had made decisions without considering residents’ ability to pay for the services.

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“[The metro] also adopted a budget that does not cater for the interests of the poor as stipulated under the IDP.”

Ratladi said the administration was refusing to establish ward committees or non-partisan structures through which residents could interact with council.

Residents said they were also unhappy about the metro’s decision to absorb the Sandspruit Works Association (SWA) and take over its water service delivery functions as a going concern.

The SWA used to provide water, sanitation and related services to areas such as Mabopane, Winterveldt and Ga-Rankuwa.

In the memorandum, the residents called for the metro to start a new public consultation process.

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“They must appoint an interim board that must include residents of Mabopane, Winterveldt and Ga-Rankuwa,” reads the memorandum.

Residents also called for a review of the current billing system which prevented residents from having access to electricity.

“We demand the reinstatement of the Indigent Beneficiary project for the benefit of the community”.

The residents also said they would oppose the metro’s decision to raise the rates of the three townships, Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa and Winterveldt to equal that of Shoshanguve.

Residents from Mabopane, Winterveldt and Ga-Rankuwa gathered at Marabastad and marched to Tshwane House to hand over a memorandum.

 

Residents from Mabopane, Winterveldt and Ga-Rankuwa gathered at Marabastad and marched to Tshwane House to hand over a memorandum.

 

Residents from Mabopane, Winterveldt and Ga-Rankuwa gathered at Marabastad and marched to Tshwane House to hand over a memorandum.

 

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