Four year delay sparks Etete R102 protest

Etete residents marching on the R102 in 2014 over the same house project. Photo: Nokuthula Ntuli

Protestors from Etete in ward 20 closed the R102 early this morning in what appears to be an attempt to have their voices heard regarding the houses promised to them four years ago.

SAPS were able to reopen the road shortly before 7am.

However Umhlali SAPS spokesperson Vinny Pillay advised motorist to use other alternative routes.

The housing project started afresh last May and to date not a single house has been built.

However the failed promises and frustration goes back much further.

In 2014 the community protested claiming that KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu and human settlement MEC Ravi Pillay had lied to them by promising that the earthworks for their housing project would begin in September 2013 (‘Angry community promised houses’, Courier, August 16, 2013).

They closed the R102 again in April of 2014 and 2016.

Last Wednesday frustrated residents closed the construction site and instructed the workers not to return until KwaDukuza municipality had met with them.

“The mayor, Ricardo Mthembu, promised us last year April, that 100 houses would be built by last December.

“So far not a single house had been built,” said an Etete reident who wished to remain annonymous.

According to residents one of the main frustrations is a lack of communication from the municipality as to the causes of the recurring delays.



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