The November polls are just around the corner and political parties are busy wooing voters.
The party has said that it wants to expose the “incompetence” of the municipality in the northern areas and townships.
Yesterday, the party hired 12 plumbers to unblock drains in Bethelsdorp, which falls under Ward 37 where GOOD is contesting for the November 1 polls.
Mayoral candidate Lawrence Troon said residents had reached out to him with complaints of blocked drains and water leaks.
“When we started with the campaign with door-to-door visits people complained about poor service delivery and most complaints I reported myself to the metro, but they always say someone will be sent,” he said.
He said this led to the party taking matters into their own hands. Municipal spokesperson Mthubanzi Mniki did not respond to a request for comment.
Bethelsdorp resident Valentino Ferndale said for months she had been battling with a blocked drain inside her property.
“I have reported this drain to the municipality and no-one ever came. Sometimes I would pump it myself when it overflows. I am so happy GOOD has come to fix it for me.”
GOOD’s Ward 37 candidate councillor, Pralene Jacobs, said the people of Bethelsdorp had been abandoned.
“The situation is getting worse every day. We are sitting with dire issues and no service delivery,” she said.
Jacobs said there was no development in the area.
“Our people are suffering, and as a person who has lived her long. I know exactly where to start to address the challenges. This is our first step and we will continue fighting for the basic rights of our people,” she said.
Bay GOOD leader Siyanda Mayana said the programme was to mitigate the challenges faced by communities in disadvantaged areas.
“We are not going to touch the suburbs because that is where the municipality focuses on.”
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