PRETORIA, June 13 – Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga and Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader Mmusi Maimane were not welcomed by residents in Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 6 on Tuesday, during their site visit to a small business and job creation project.
Police were called to escort the two leaders out of the hall while angry residents hurled insults at them.
Maimane and Msimanga addressed numerous beneficiaries of the FabLab Programme, which exposes learners to entrepreneurship, technology and innovation training that prepares them for the jobs market once they have completed high school.
Community members claimed they were dissatisfied with the service delivery rendered by the DA administration.
They complained about the sewage system that has been bothering them for a number of years, some residents came with buckets full of faeces to show the mayor what they have to go through everyday.
“We’ve been pleading with the mayor to come and address our grievance, but no, he comes here to see 25 people out of the entire community, that’s not fair, they come to us when they need votes and neglect us as soon as they are elected,” said Mduduzi Mopai.
Mopai said he has been a staying in a shack in Zone 14 with no electricity and running water for five years while Msimanga had been promising to come and hold a meeting with them but has failed to do so.
“We are not undermining the mayor’s visit but then what else must we do to get his attention, we also need his attention.”
Msimanga said they have been meaning to come and address residents on their issues but get blocked everytime they attempted to engage with residents.
“You have people who are genuinely saying engage with us, but while you are still engaging there’s another group that comes and says we don’t want you here. How am I supposed to hear the community’s concern and address their concerns when you have people that are willing to ensure you don’t come and address them,” said Msimanga.
The mayor said he is committed in delivering services and plans to return to the community of Rankuwa after two weeks.