The NMB Coalition government is perturbed at the alleged comments attributed to the Deputy Executive Mayor Cllr Mongameli Bobani regarding the recent evictions of people occupying land illegally in the Motherwell area.
We believe that every possible social and legal avenue was pursued to prevent this illegal occupation of land.
we are mandated by Metro residents to provide political leadership, basic services and grow this Municipality, this can only be done in a law abiding fashion and we are committed to follow the law of the land in every aspect.
For the Deputy Executive Mayor to see to incite residents who were recently moved by the Sheriff of the Court from a site where they had erected illegal structures is nothing short of irresponsible in this regard and his behaviour is all the more concerning due to the violent nature of the recent invasions and protests.
It also flies in the face of court’s decision.
Forced evictions are a countrywide phenomenon that is guided by the law and as the affected Municipality we have to follow legal processes to the letter when carrying out evictions. Constitutionally, the Municipalities are legally empowered to exercise by-law enforcement to ensure stability within their jurisdiction.
As such, the Municipality has had numerous engagements with the community of Wells Estate to discuss our housing development plan and how this is being rolled out.
Essentially, there is an understanding between the Municipality and the affected communities with regards to our long-term housing strategy.
Every parcel of land in Wells Estate is zoned for a different purpose and as such, the Municipality would jeopardize its long-term housing development strategy if it allows land invasion. Our responsibility as the Municipality is to ensure that we prioritise legitimate housing beneficiaries in our housing list and to rid the system of any fraudulent activities and prejucidial “queue jumping” which has been declared unlawfull by the Constitutional Court.
Ward 29 has been identified for human settlement and the Municipality currently developing the area.
Therefore, the Deputy Executive Mayor seems to have exposed himself as someone who disregards proper Municipal and legal processes and is apparently undermining our long-term turnaround strategy as the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.