Earlier this week, the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Safety, Cllr Moseki conducted another oversight inspection to the Swazi Inn Business District in Tembisa.
The inspections form part of efforts to activate Operation Buya Mthetho, a multi-disciplinary operation which aims to affirm the City’s commitments to bringing back the rule of law.
The inspection identified a number of hijacked and so-called bad properties which community members had raised concerns about within the area, illegal dumping and waste management issues, informal traders trading without valid permits, and illegal immigration.
The inspection comes after Councillors of ActionSA deployed to the Tembisa Constituency had received complaints from residents over the disregard of the rule of law in the Business District.
“As MMC responsible for Community Safety in the City, it becomes my sole responsibility to ensure that the rule of law is upheld in all activities including business districts as they are important for the local economy. When ActionSA Councillors deployed to Tembisa informed me of some of the challenges residents have been complaining about in the area, I saw it fit to make my own observations and find strategies on dealing with the issues. Our residents come first”said MMC Moseki.
The office of the MMC will now formulate a report which will form part of the City’s Operation Buya Mthetho which will see collaborative efforts between all key City departments and entities such as Disaster Management, Waste Management, Environmental Health, Social Development, Infrastructure Services, the City’s legal department and City Planning, as well as National departments such Home Affairs, South African Revenue Services, Department of Labour, and the South African Police Service in tackling challenges and issues raised.
“The operation’s main focus will be to ensure City by-laws are adhered to by all within the City and that the rule of law becomes the order of the day,” said Moseki
Over the next few weeks, residents of Tembisa can expect action and constructive steps to solve some of these challenges. I am hopeful that Ekurhuleni residents will support the initiative and report crime and criminals to relevant authorities as we work together in Fixing Ekurhuleni one ward at a time.