Premier Noxolo Kiviet has called on Nelson Mandela Bay residents to stop embarking on violent protests saying it would discourage investments into the city.
This comes after Walmer township residents embarked on a series of protests over the lack of housing and proper sanitation in recent months.
Kiviet was speaking to the media on Friday ahead of her engagement with Nelson Mandela Metro residents to wrap up her provincial outreach programme, which started in the Cacadu region last Monday.
“I do want to warn the people of Nelson Mandela Metro that if they continue with that kind of attitude they are negating the kind of work we do; negotiating and convincing investors to come to this part of the country for their sake,” said the premier.
“Now, if they continue to behave in the reckless manner in which they are doing, they will get houses but remain unemployed. And, they must think and they must reason.
“It is not because people demanded houses that government committed to providing houses, it is because government committed to build houses for the people, committed to improve sanitation for the people and all we wanted from the people was their understanding and their commitment to work with us,” she said.
Kiviet also handed 65 newly-built houses to the community in Chris Hani township in Uitenhage on Friday. The other 75 houses were handed to communities at Clarkson in the Koukamma area, Cacadu.
“We are communicating with the leadership of the people of Walmer and expect to be given space to address the issues they are concerned with,” Kiviet said.
The premier said a team, led by the MEC for local government, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, would help in resolving Walmer residents’ concerns.
Provincial communications manager Manelisi Wolela said: “The community leaders (from Walmer) submitted a consolidated report for the premier’s attention, which will be considered within the next few weeks.
“The premier is expected to study the report, discuss the submission with the executive council and make a determination on the kind of intervention the provincial government would provide.”
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