The interruption of and violence at IDP meetings in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Municipality by what seems to be African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) forces, highlights the fact that these opposition parties care nothing for the well-being of ordinary citizens.
More than half of the meetings held have been disrupted and collapsed. Last night, violence broke out at a meeting at Colchester, where councillors’ vehicles were stoned and petrol bombed.
It is clear the ANC and EFF wants to keep these meetings from taking place as to ensure non-compliance in planning for the municipal budget. This forms part of the ANC and EFF’s elaborate plan to have NMB placed under administration.
In a post on Facebook an EFF member Bonnie Lanke also threatened the City and the DA by stating that the EFF would do to the city’s IDP meetings what the “DA is doing to people who are occupying the land”.
It is clear that the EFF is trying to punish the DA for not supporting its policy of expropriation of property without compensation and that the party can’t come to terms with its failure to remove Mayor Athol Trollip through a vote of no confidence.
Preventing these meetings from taking place is to the detriment of everyone living in the City and therefore, parties like the ANC and EFF have been again exposed as only caring about their own agendas and not the people of the Metro.
The criminals responsible for these deeds will however not go unpunished and it will not detract the DA and its coalition partners from engaging with the residents of the Metro.
Not all meetings have been disrupted and this indicates that the public want to participate in these important meetings and make their voices heard.
We are pleased that the municipality has introduced a mobile app for the IDP. This extends access to members of the public to make their submissions. Email and Fax are also legitimate ways to make submissions to the municipality.
Residents are invited to provide comments or input on the IDP via the municipal Website at www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za (under Resident Section) or by downloading the NMBM Mobile Application available on selected Mobile App Stores (submit comments under ”IDP Input’).
The DA, together with our coalition partners, will not be deterred and will keep working hard to create a Metro that is safe and secure with rising opportunities for everyone.
DA EC Provincial Spokesperson
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