Failed ANC has forgotten the people of Sharpeville

by Kingsol Chabalala MPL – DA Gauteng Constituency Head: Emfuleni North

Please find attached pictures of litter and illegal dumping in Sharpeville here and here. Find soundbites attached in English and Sesotho.

The failed ANC government in Gauteng has forgotten the people Sharpeville. Fifty years since the brutal Sharpeville massacre on 21 March 1960, life continues to deteriorate for the residents of this neglected community. We call on the municipality to go out and clean Sharpeville.

Currently, service delivery is so bad that residents have forgotten when last the ANC-led Emfuleni Municipality picked up their rubbish.

Taking a drive through the streets of this historic township, at any time of the day and night with litter strewn all over the streets, leaves a feeling of despair.

Illegal dumping is only a part of the problem. Another is the bad smell of sewage that hangs in the air.

Many Sharpeville residents are unemployed and cannot afford to move away. They say they feel cut off from the rest of Gauteng, this is truly a forgotten community. The failed ANC government has no plan to build communities which give our people dignity.

Speaking during Human Rights Day celebrations in March this year, Deputy President David Mabuza made promises to residents to clean up the streets and improve service delivery. It remains just that, a broken promise.

The DA is the only party that can bring about change that builds one South Africa for all.

The power to bring change to Sharpeville and Gauteng is in the hands of residents.