Klipplaat community march to municipal offices against irregular hiring practices

By Lukhangele Mayende 

Community of Klipplaat in the Eastern Cape just outside Graaf Reinet handed over a memorandum of grievances to their municipal offices.

According to Ntsikelelo Johnson who is an interim District Scriber of the Social Revolutionary Workers Party in Sarah Baartman and a Sub District Convener in Dr Beyers Naude, this is their second petition to be handed over to their municipal offices. 

On the memorandum, the community express its dissatisfactions and frustrations of not having water for the longest time, no supermarket, having to travel almost 80 kilometres to get to the nearest bank and no amenities to speak of.

Johnson said if it wasn’t for Gift of the Givers, their community would have been in its dire state during this COVID19 pandemic.  

“Klipplaat area had to be visited twice by Gift of the Givers during the Covid-19 lockdown where they delivered emergency food supplies, it had no water for a long time” said Johnson.

Johnson said the R3.9m from government, the money that was allocated to build houses in this community, never got to be used to build those house and that money can be used for the rectification of poorly built houses and create job opportunities.

Irregular hiring practices of Expanded Public Works Programme and municipality in this community has been the most frustrating issues in this community. There are no Klipplaat residents employed on the roadworks currently, which run from Wolwefontein and wines through   Jansenville to Graaf Reinet. 

“Instead of playing a developmental role, the municipality is hiring the same individuals on a rotating basis instead of including unemployed young people. Employment seems to be reserved for close friends and family and in-laws of the council” said Johnson.

The cemetery has never been properly fenced, there is no digging machinery provided by the municipality and no caretaker employed. Johnson says they want the municipality to respond within seven days and provide them with the progress report on the tarring of the R338 highway.

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