Load shedding, service delivery among issues raised by KZN voters

Load shedding, service delivery among issues raised by KZN voters

Residents in central Pietermaritzburg's ward 33 say they desperately need service delivery to improve. 

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One woman spoke to Newswatch at a voting station in the CBD.  


"We came to vote today for change because our streets are very filthy. Our town is filthy. Pietermaritzburg was not never like this before. The place must be kept neat and tidy. Tourists can come to our country.”  


The Msunduzi Local Municipality has been placed under administration twice. 


It's been plagued by maladministration, poor service delivery, financial woes and political infighting within the governing African National Congress (ANC). 


Another local said the incoming leadership needs to pull up their socks. 


"From a local standpoint the municipality - improving service delivery basically everybody has been complaining about that." 


In Durban south, crime, load shedding and service delivery are top of mind for some voters.


Newswatch stopped by several voting stations in Merebank, Wentworth and Woodlands. 


Some residents of Merebank and Wentworth say they're hoping a new councillor will be voted in.


Marchez Sullaphen said they need someone is able to tackle drugs and violence head-on.


"We have a very big problem with drugs and shooting but most towards the drug war I think. And also there's not a lot of activities for the youth I think that's why its easier for them to get involved with drugs." 


Woodlands businesswoman Joy Mbinta hopes with her vote - sorting out the electricity crisis will become a high priority. 

"I have a small business, it's hard to function it because once the electricity goes for long. It means you are losing money so that one of the major issues at the moment." 


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