Thursday, June 20, 2024

South Africa: Protesters Force City Councillors to Walk Through Sewage

Kariega residents divert Mandela Day convoy

  • Five Nelson Mandela Bay councillors were forced to visit two filthy streets in KwaNobuhle, Kariega on 21 July.
  • The councillors had come to deliver presents for Mandela Day to people in Peace Village.
  • Their convoy was blocked by angry residents who burned tyres and blew whistles.
  • The protesters forced the councillors to visit two streets where open drains, overflowing sewage and filth have been a problem for years.

Nelson Mandela Bay councillors who’d come to deliver gifts to poor families in Peace Village, Kariega last week were sent packing by furious residents.

The vehicles of the five councillors were blocked from entering the area.

Residents stormed out of their RDP houses, blew whistles and burnt tyres. They ordered the leaders to drive in a convoy through stinking Sakhwatsha Street instead. A SASSA bakkie and a municipal truck carrying sand to be put on the street where the event was to be held, were chased out of the area.

“All convoys must drive through Sakhwatsha Street,” shouted resident Lwamila Tayi who was one of the protesters.

Protesters sang “amabhul’ amnyama andenziwari (black boers make me worried) and “isikhalo somntwana sihoye” (attend to a crying child).

Sakhwatsha Street and other streets in the area have been in a mess for years, with open drains, overflowing sewage, trenches, broken bottles and overgrown grass.

“When we call an ambulance, it can’t drive through Sakhwatsha Street. When we need police vans, they can’t access RDP homes through Sakhwatsha Street, because this stinking street is very bad,” said Tayi.