By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA
SANCO A CIVC organisation representing about a million Soshanguve residents has been undermined by the new DA-led Tshwane administration after they failed to respond to their memorandum delivered to MMC Mike Mkhari on the 18 November last year.
Sanco’s Veli Khoza said the DA-led administration by failing to respond to the demand by a civic movement which represents all Soshanguve residents proves that the so-called Democratic Alliance is undermining all the residents of Soshanguve.
“The DA-led administration has undermined the community of Soshanguve, failed to respond to our memorandum. We have march because we did not have graves as Soshanguve.
“They did not want to open the graves until the ANC councillors so the need to open the graves. Thank you to the ANC councillors for taking care of the community of Soshanguve.
“We are forced to pay more than a thousand rand to bury our loved ones, we don’t know if they turn into gold when they are buried at this cemetery. We demand to pay not more than R500 for graves not more than that amount.
Khoza said they have also complained about crime at Mabopane Station and the ANC councillors have raised the issue at council meetings and the issue is being resolved. He said they also demanded storm water drainage and roads but the new administration complains about the lack of budget.
“As a community, we don’t understand because the previous administration started roads and storm water drainage projects, as we speak those projects have been stopped. Why they stopped the projects because there were enough funds.
“They owe residents because they stay about 3 months without collecting garbage bins but they were charging residents. They must cancel the bills of dustbins which were not collected. We have rights to refuse those big garbage bins; they must give us jobs before they give us those garbage bins because they are expensive. As the community, we want to continue using old small dustbins until we get jobs and they must be collected twice a week.
Mike Mkhari who is the MMC for Agriculture and Environment, also DA political head in Region 1 said he has meetings with Sanco leaders at his office.
“I have met with them about the progress to address their challenges. They are welcome to call my office so that we can arrange another meeting. About dustbins, they were introduced by their administration and they did not have a problem before.
“We are addressing the issues, those who can’t afford must register as indigents and those who can afford should pay,” said Mkhari.firstname.lastname@example.org