Questions raised over Ward 7 march

Mayor Richard Mbatha has vehemently denied that the IFP was somehow behind the ‘service delivery march’ in Glencoe’s Ward 7 last Thursday morning.
The Ward, which is held by the DA’s Dr Sandy Bedassi, comprises of Glencoe town, Glenridge and Thelapi near Marie Ratschitz Mission. Mayor Mbatha said he was aware of such allegations ‘doing the rounds’.
“How can the IFP be accused of holding a march against Dr Bedassi? The IFP is in coalition with the DA and the EFF and that is the reason why we are in power. It is just mischief making to make such accusations,” he told the Courier.

While the group of around 30 marchers made their way to the Town Hall, they shouted insults out against Dr Bedassi and complained about the lack of service delivery in the area including the lack of sports facilities, poor roads, poor street lighting, lack of housing and even made a call for the taxi rank to be moved.

Led by Sydney Ramsey, the marchers claimed that Dr Bedassi is not ‘always available to take up their complaints which also include late payment for those employed under the Expanded Public Works Programme, EPWP. Mr Ramsey said this was ‘the first time residents of the ward have marched’ and warned that the next one would be bigger’.
Observers at the march told the Courier that the ‘march was an eye-blinder against Dr Bedassi who, with the DA, called for a forensic investigation into alleged corruption in the municipality’. This is yet to happen.
Dr Bedassi told the Courier he was not aware that the march would take place but said he believes that there is a conspiracy ‘on the go’ and would be ‘keeping an eye on developments with the utmost interest.’ He said ‘great strides had been made to improve infrastructure in the ward and that an agricultural project had been developed in Thelapi in conjunction with the Thelapi Trust and the Agricultural Department. “There is still lots to do and we are working hard to achieve more… in spite of those who seek to derail our yearning to improve our Ward after some years of neglect.”

Siphiwe Ngwenya

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