EPWP protest action disrupts service delivery, government must act

Issued by Sithembiso Ngema – Cllr – DA EThekwini Councillor
04 Oct 2019 in Press Statements

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The Democratic Alliance in EThekwini has written to the Human Settlements and Infrastructure committee chairperson, Thanduxolo Sabelo, following the abrupt protest action that saw expanded public works programme (EPWP) employees prevent Durban Solid Waste employees from fulfilling their daily task.

Several communities and residents from South Durban’s Umlazi, Chatsworth, Amanzimtoti reaching to the north of the city’s Newlands and Collingwood areas, among others, failed to have their refuse collected. A series of conversations with DSW staff reveal that EPWP beneficiaries decided to voice their concerns by locking Durban Solid Waste employees inside their depots. The reason for the protest action and decision to disrupt the delivery of basic services is still unknown.

Participation in protest action remains a right enshrined in our Constitution, coupled with a set of responsibilities. As concerned citizens, it cannot be right that a deadlock of two parties affects innocent by-standers and tax-paying citizens as well. The call herein is for the Chair for the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee to address with the urgency it deserves.

Residents of the city can rest assured that we are addressing the issue with the relevant stakeholders, and will ensure that the normal running of the Durban Solid Waste department resumes.