Ses’khona pledge to continue fight against service delivery deficiencies

The movement and its supporters have complained about the lack of service delivery in the townships.

FILE: Hundreds of Ses'khona Peoples Rights Movement supporters clashed with police in the streets of Cape Town ahead of President Jacob Zuma's 2016 State of the Nation address. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Ses'khona People's Right Movement says its members and supporters are prepared to go to jail in their fight for adequate service delivery in townships.

Last week, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe held a service delivery imbizo in Khayelitsha.

Many residents have complained about the lack of service delivery in the townships.

Radebe has promised to return to the area for another imbizo, which will include officials from the human settlements department.

Ses'khona People's Right Movement's Loyiso Nkohla said they are tired of empty promises.

"We understand the government can't deliver all services overnight but at least they must have the decency and respect to listen to the issues we're raising.

"There was serious misrepresentation of the issues of our people in Khayelitsha by the City of Cape Town officials where they've misled our national government.

"Minister Jeff Radebe will be able to report to the president that we had received a contradicting report from the city and said he will come back on an urgent basis."

Radebe said he was appalled by the living conditions in Khayelitsha and some neighbouring communities.

Many community members complained about squalid living conditions.

The minister said he was shocked to see how people in Khayelitsha were living.

"It is totally unacceptable that in 2016 we still find places like this where you can see that the infrastructure is non-existent."