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“No perfect government and political party” – Maile tells Tembisa residents

Gauteng Cogta MEC Lebogang Maile addressed the residents of Tembisa on Wednesday. Photo: Supplied

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Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance Lebogang Maile says service delivery issues are complex, huge and a moving target.

Addressing the community of Tembisa during his visit following the disruptive protest which paralyzed them for two days, Maile said:

There is no perfect government, there is no perfect political party. They all just want votes because governing is very difficult. It’s not like the city didn’t do anything about it.

He said the community was welcome to put pressure on the government, but condemned the burning and vandalism of property.

“When you burn things, it becomes something else. I admire activists who decide to raise their hands and say “we are going to force the government to do what it is supposed to do”. There’s nothing wrong with what they did, only that things are burned.

Maile also visited one of the four families of those who died in Monday’s protest alongside Ekurhuleni Mayor Tania Campbell, Community Safety MEC Letlhogonolo Moseki and other provincial officials.

He promised the bereaved family that justice would be done.

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“I am extremely angry. I will phone the minister of police and the MEC of community safety in our province to make sure that Ipid [Independent Police Investigative Directorate] must come in and be ruthless to these animals. It is cruelty. It cannot be tolerated, it must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. It’s awful.”

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Residents called to meet with Campbell, who told media and the community forum that she would only have a feedback meeting on Friday to address electricity, as well as water rate issues.

The Tembisa community had gathered at Moriting Stadium hoping to be approached by Campbell, only to be addressed by Maile who promised their concerns would be addressed.

The masses rushed in displeasure and began burning tires on the road outside the stadium while worrying about being without power since Tuesday afternoon.