“Those officials never arrived as Mfunda had promised us. We have been trying to get hold of Mfunda since last month to give us the exact date for our relocation. But he and the other officials in his department ended up not taking our calls, hence as leaders we decided to go to his office last week to tell him about the anger of the residents. His arrogance made residents shut down the [ward] councillor’s office last Friday.
“Then Mfunda came on Monday and the residents burnt tyres while he was at Booysen Park inside the community hall.”
“Residents asked him when he will bring the trucks to relocate them to Jaagvlakte. He could not provide clear answers … He said they were earmarking land next to Booysen Park clinic for more than 800 residents that need to be relocated, while 368 residents will get their houses here in Vastrap,” said Makalima.
“The land next to the clinic is bushes and it still needs to be cleared and infrastructure to be put in place. We told Mfunda that we want the Jaagvlakte land, which [already] has water and tarred roads,” he said.
“We are sick and tired of the empty promises and fruitless meetings. Our leaders are not taking us seriously.”
“Mfunda has made residents very angry. He is arrogant and he is a liar. We don’t want to see him here any more because he undermines the people.” Makalima said they’d rather speak to the municipal manager.
“Deplorable conditions” in Vastrap
“Vastrap is not a good