Beaufort West municipality not looking after its people, say youth

Opposition parties want Beaufort West Mayor Truman Prince out, saying they’re not impressed with his work.

FILE: Mayor Truman Prince tries to placate angry community members outside the local court. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some of Beaufort West's young people said that the current municipality was not looking after its people.

Eyewitness News recently visited the small Karoo town, which has been ranked among South Africa's top 20 best municipalities by the Good Governance Africa index.

Beaufort West Mayor Truman Prince, the African National Congress's (ANC) mayoral candidate, told EWN that he was confident of the party's chances of winning an outright majority in the local government elections.

The Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa, who are currently in a coalition with the ANC in the area, is among the opposition parties who want Prince out.

Prince said that the party made great strides in the area since 2011.

But not everyone was as impressed with the way things have been done.

"A lot of our youngsters don't have jobs because the councillors keep it for their [friends, families]," said one resident.

Another resident said: "There are a lot of opportunities but you have to vote for the ANC so that you can be seen."

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