06 February 2014
The IFP calls on the executive mayor of the
city of Tshwane to urgently meet with the protesting residents
of Ekangala near Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria.
IFP spokesperson on Co-operative Governance
and Traditional Affairs, Peter Smith MP said "The mayor must
meet with the residents. By not meeting them he not only shows
disrespect but also incompetence and cowardliness. If the mayor
cannot or will not hear and attend to the grievances of the
people who elected him to office he must resign immediately.
What use is a leader who is afraid to face his own people or own
up to his own incompetence?"
The IFP also calls on the ANC to conduct a
performance assessment of all the municipalities it controls
around the country, and to deal equally decisively with those
failing to perform.
"Although the IFP doesn't condone any form of
violence, it understands the frustration and plight of the
Ekangala residents and hopes that their grievances are heard and
attended to before these protests spiral further out of control.
The provincial government must learn to listen and act when
people raise their concerns and grievances. This will discourage
residents from embarking in violent protests in order to get
government's attention, which can also sometimes lead to the
unnecessary loss of life" concluded Smith.
The IFP calls on all Gauteng municipalities to
deliver on their promises and to stop deceiving citizens with
false promises which they have no intention of fulfilling.
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative
Governance and Traditional Affairs,
Mr Peter Smith MP, 083 299
For Media Enquiries contact:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Liaison
Officer , 073 024 5675