Residents of Makhaza gave their new ward councillor a hero’s welcome after the results of the local government elections were finalised this weekend.About 1 000 residents from City of Cape Town’s ward 96 met their new ANC councillor Danile Khatshwa yesterday (22 May).
Although their previous ward councillor was also from the ANC, residents said they were overjoyed that he’d finally been replaced.
Residents said Tobile Ludidi had been their ward councillor for 15 years and had done anything for the community.
Khanyisa Ngcoza, 35, a backyarder, who lives in two-room shack with seven family members said Ludidi promised her a house in 2008.
“He told the community members at a meeting we had that his was going to provide a house for me and my family as I didn’t have a place to stay. Ever since then nothing has happened. I went to his house asking for my house and all I got from him was threats,” said Ngcoza.
She said people keep asking her where her house is.
“I’m glad he finally stepped down, he was not a good leader, we were all living in pain because of him I don’t know why the ANC kept him so long.”
“I’m happy with t his ward councillor, said resident Malawana Molose, 43.
“He knows all our suffering. He knows what Ludidi did to us as community,” said Molose.
He said the community fought hard to have Khatshwa instated as ward councillor because “we believe in him and he believes in us”.
“He hasn’t started yet but he called all of us and thanks us for believing in him and that’s what we call a leader.”
Addressing the community, Khatshwa said: “From now on you must know your ward councillor and street committee. We are going to have street committees to address people’s needs and complaints.”
He said regular meetings would be held so that residents would have a chance to have their problems addressed. – Nombulelo Damba, West Cape News