‘I am not going to vote!’- disgruntled Amatabetule resident
Resident of Amatabetule, Inanda Ward 03 , Mfanafuthi Maphumulo, is just one of the eThekwini Municipality residents who are adamant that they will not cast their vote, in the upcoming local government elections.
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The area which falls under Councillor (Cllr.) Mpilo Mkhize who succeeded the late Cllr. Bonke Chili has been under a cloud of controversy. The Amatabetule area, falls under controversial Chief Mqoqi Benard Ngcobo, who the community alleges is responsible for the spate of land grabs that took place in Inanda around 2016. The community accuses the chief of exploiting the areas natural resource, which is Umngeni river sand. The community alleges that truckloads of sand leave the area, on a daily basis. The chief and his connections benefit from the proceeds.
Resident, Maphumulo expressed his disdain at the the local government, saying he had not seen the presiding councilor for years, he also raised the issue of poor service delivery being one of the main motivators for his lack of interest in the upcoming local government elections.
Maphumulo bashed the government for leaving the community destitute and failing to empower them with skills and means to make a living when they occupied rich, fertile land.
“We have nothing, as you can see tractors digging our land for sand that will be transported in various places and we get nothing for that, it is only the chief and his friends only benefit. I don’t know what color is our local ward councilor I haven’t seen them in my life nor spoken to them, as for medical attention we have go to Dube Village Clinic. We don’t have health care
facilities in the area, and we don’t have much awareness about Covid-19. We use to hear on the Radio that us as elders above 60 years must go to get vaccinated and I will not do that, others may go if they like,” he said.
Cllr Chili who had been at the helm since 2011, passed away in 2019, is also blamed for the lack of service delivery in the area. Current Cllr, Mkhize’s phone rang unanswered.