Pre-election tensions in Johannesburg are escalating as the pressures intensify, with councillors and city administrators butting heads over deteriorating service delivery.
Ward 88 councillor Nicolene Jonker acknowledges residents’ frustrations, expressing her commitment to advocating for them in council. However, she laments the current state of service delivery, citing resource and equipment shortages within various departments.
Councillor Tyrell Meyers claims the administration is not supporting anything in wards affiliated with the DA (Democratic Alliance). This escalating political discord is taking a toll on service delivery, negatively impacting residents.
Ward 89 Councillor Leah Knott has penned a scathing letter to City Manager Floyd Brink and Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda, condemning the rapid decline in service delivery. Knott asserts that residents are unfairly burdened and suggests that rate boycotts are being discussed as a form of protest.
Frustrated residents, particularly in Ward 88, are mobilising and even considering withholding rates and taxes. They are collecting signatures for a petition to gain the mayor’s attention.
In response, Mayor Gwamanda has accused the opposition DA of attempting to mobilise right-wing elements against the city administration. He emphasised that service prioritisation should not be based on the revenue contributions of different wards.
Councillor Knott insists she cannot stand silently while the city’s affairs deteriorate further, pledging to represent her constituents’ interests.
Councillor Jonker echoes these sentiments, highlighting that council dissolution is a potential solution achievable through voter registration and participation. The fate of the city ultimately lies in the hands of its residents.
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