01 May 2021

Byline: Levhuwani Matumba

When responding to the questions raised by residents at Leandra on Friday, 23 April 2021 during the Human Development MEC visit, Mr Nhlakanipho Zuma said the aftereffects of apartheid system is still felt even in the present times. 

“We are currently talking about the National Development Plan of 2030 and it expects us to build a united community but in reality, we still have tribal and racial issues against each other. 

That is realized within our communities when there are projects.

A person from a certain ward within GMM is not allowed to get a job in another ward. 

That causes problems for us as leadership because those who are powerful and from outside our municipality end up getting projects and implementing them, while our own people are still fighting each other. 

His other concern was the local business people who get contracts and fail to deliver as it is the community that suffers.

He further mentioned that there is a serious issue with different forums that approaches the municipality with the issue of development or job opportunities while they end up promoting themselves and creating nepotism. 

He urged the community to speak in one voice for speedy development to take place. 

The mayor concluded by slamming those who visit his office looking for the opportunities that benefit themselves while bad mouthing others.