"Bekkersdal challenges a priority" - ANC
12 March 2014
Problems in Bekkersdal must be resolved urgently with all stakeholders playing their role otherwise anarchy will derail democratic progress in that township, African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng Provincial Legislature Caucus Chief Whip Brian Hlongwa said today.
Hlongwa said this after attempts by some rogue youngsters to prevent the ANC Joint Caucuses to continue with a scheduled community Outreach Programme planned for the area.
"Our understanding is that there were two major problems raised by the community there: Firstly, the removal of the mayor and council which are constitutional matters that are to be dealt with through mechanism as provided there; and the second which is to do with allegations of corruption. In this regard, we believe the Gauteng Government together with the Greater Westonaria Concerned Residents Association have agreed on how to resolve it with programmes involving relevant state investigative institutions.
"So, clearly, there are commitments and programme to deal with the challenges at least from the part of Government, but I think as Caucus we should ensure that these processes are accelerated. This would mean that we must continue to engage the residents of Bekkersdal and also ensure the leadership of the aggrieved also take responsibility.
"There can never be a concept of `no go areas` in a democratic society. It is unacceptable that schooling should be disrupted at will the way it was done today and legitimate public representatives being barred from doing their work," said Hlongwa.
He further said the visit today by members of Caucuses was a follow up on a number of issues raised last September as part of the Caucus Programme. He said Government has paid attention to a number of issues there and ground is being covered especially in the areas of housing and public amenities such as the new clinic in Simunye and the library.
Caucus thanked members of the community of Bekkersdal who welcomed members of Caucuses and escorted them into the township and remained calmed despite extreme provocation. He also thanked members of the South African Police services who prevented and loss of life or injury.
The Caucus Outreach Programme will be continuing next Thursday when members of the Gauteng Legislature will be joined by members of the Sedibeng District Municipality do in oversight work in that area.
For more information contact Caucus Media Relations: Mbangwa Xaba 072 447 6582