The City of Ekurhuleni received reports last night about a vandalized Customer care center at Winnie Mandela park in Tembisa. The Centre was recently opened to serve the community and provide basic services. The unfortunate acts of criminality undermine government efforts to ensure that quality services are readily available in all communities.
"Whilst we note and respect the rights of communities to protest, this shouldn't be used to opportunistically sabotage public goods. As the City we condemn this behavior in the strongest possible terms" Executive Mayor, Cllr. Mzwandile Masina has said.
The City through the Siyaqhuba service delivery response team, together with the Office of the Chief Whip, Cllr. Jongizizwe Dlabathi, visited the Winnie Mandela park this past week. The visit included a community imbizo for all community members to raise concerns. "Such a platform could have been best to raise and address burning issues. It can't be correct that a two-day power outage justifies the burning and vandalizing of a recently built customer care center" Mayor Masina emphasized.
The EMPD is working tirelessly to investigate the criminal acts and restore order. More importantly the City will meet with community leaders to assess the situation and resolve genuine matters arising from the community.