On Saturday a group of about 100 pensioners took to the streets of Cape Town against increased water tariffs and evictions.
Residents of Queenstown want the troubled Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality to be placed under administration because of financial mismanagement and its failure to deliver services. At least 44 municipal assets worth millions – including fire brigade and garbage collection vehicles and road graders – were auctioned off to pay a construction company that built a community hall in Sterkstroom back in 2016.
In December 2017 Glebelands rogue cop, the detective from Durban Central SAPS, Sgt Bhekukwazi Mdweshu and 6 other alleged hitmen were arrested and charged with 19 counts of murder, attempted murder, possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition as well us under the Riotous Assemblies Act for conspiring to eliminate Glebelands residents. They have become known as the Glebelands 7. Two of the 7 are also charged with other Glebelands murder cases, of which one was recently sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a Glebelands grandmother in 2017. Bail applications for the remaining 5 are ongoing.
Recently staff at the eThekwini Municipality bus depots reported that around 80% of the service had been rerouted – free of charge (ie at ratepayers expense) – to transport Jacob Zuma’s supporters to his latest court appearance. This left commuters stranded all over Durban. It was especially hard for poor people who had already charged their prepaid Muvo cards and were forced to suddenly find extra cash for alternative transport.