His Worship the Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo condemned the recent killings of two people from Cato Crest.
The Mayor described the latest killings as barbaric and called on community to assist Police with leading information that will bring culprits to book.
“We cannot afford to see the repeat of violence and bloodshed in this province after 18 years into democracy. We would like to send our deepest condolences to the families who suffered loss of their loved ones and we wish a speedy recovery to those who were hurt,” said Mayor Nxumalo.
Nxumalo was addressing hundreds people over the weekend at a local sporting field in Ward 101. The meeting was called by the Mayor to address this community following violence and clashes between tenants and landlords of this settlement, which led to torching and destroying of property belonging to a Ward Councillor Mzi Ngiba of Ward 101. Earlier on, a group of people invaded land attempting to build shacks on Municipal and private land which had to be stopped by Municipality’s Land Invasion Unit and South African Police Services.
Mayor Nxumalo said, “We would also like to urge people to be patient and not to invade land and houses that are already allocated to beneficiaries. In eThekwini, we have a backlog of about 410 000 people in need of houses and it will take time for us to meet that target. We will not entertain land invasion because they halt plans of service delivery,” he emphasised.
People were given opportunity to ask questions and raise their concerns with the Mayor and his delegation which included Chairperson of Human Settlement and Infrastructure, Cllr Nigel Gumede, Municipal councillors and officials. People raised their concerns, and made allegations which the Mayor said they need to make formal submission so that these can be investigated by competent bodies.
Nxumalo said that he was not going to make any promises at this stage, however he promised to meet with community representative today (18/03/2013) to find solutions to some of their concerns.
Mayor Nxumalo said the Municipality was doing everything it could to fast track housing delivery, including the new alternative housing technology project which is expected to be launched next month.
Already the Municipality has built one house using this latest technology; this house was donated to orphans who lost their parents after eating wild poisonous mushrooms. The eThekwini Municipality has identified housing delivery as a priority, as well as job creation, poverty alleviation and creating equalit.
A meeting between the Municipality and community representatives is continuing at Durban City Hall this afternoon, a detailed statement will be issued in due course.
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit. For more information contact Municipal Spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 0827317456 or e-mail mofokengthabo@durban.gov.za or Mthunzi Gumede 073 989 6324