Masina visits problem areas in KwaThema

Ekurhuleni mayor, Mzwandile Masina visited some of the problem areas where service delivery has been delayed in KwaThema.

KwaThema – This included the dilapidated KwaThema Police Station where the holding cells are no longer usable.

It is alleged the province cannot renovate the facility since it belongs to the municipality.

KwaThema police spokesperson, Captain Thabo Sibuyi, says the police station is no longer a conducive working environment.

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“We are forced to transfer those who are arrested to the Springs Police Station’s holding cells.

“Rainwater drips through the ceiling, bathrooms are not working and the furniture is also old and broken.

“We are happy that the mayor and his team visited the station to see the type of environment we are forced to work in on a daily basis.”

The mayor and his team also visited some of the 20 homes which were hit by the storm earlier this month.

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The roofs of the houses were either blown off or left unstable and the windows were broken by the wind.

The mayor also visited some of the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses which were built on high water-saturated grounds.

A concerned resident, Maria Nkosi, says the water affects houses by making the walls permanently wet.

“We fear one day the walls will crumble down on us while we are sleeping.

“We have been complaining to the different ward councillors through the years with no success.

“This is not the first time that they have visited us and promised to make arrangements to solve the problem, but to this day nothing has been done.

“We are hoping that the mayor will not only make promises but look into solving the problems,” she says.

Masina says he has commanded the MMCs from different departments to look into the different challenges.

“This program is aimed at escalating service delivery and to ensure that the people receive better services.

“We will come back in two weeks’ time to evaluate the work that has been done,” he says.

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Doreen Mokgolo
Journalist

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