Nelson Mandela Bay residents call for safer City

Jeanette Chabalala, News24

Cape Town – Democratic Alliance mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay Athol Trollip on Sunday launched a blueprint for making Nelson Mandela Bay(NMB) a safer city.

This came after Trollip consulted thousands of residents across all wards in the city.

“Safety is the number one concern of the people in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, because crime is thriving as the economy shrinks and the Metro fails to police crime,” said Trollip.

“Over the last 60 days I have been with the people of every single ward of Nelson Mandela Bay, out of my commitment to being in 60 Wards in 60 Days. I have kept this promise, and have found inspiration in the people of this Metro who are calling out for change.”

Trollip said the NMB residents have contributed to building the blueprint for change as they have engaged with him during the 60 days tour.

“It has been a joint effort to shape the future of the Bay.”

He also said across the 60 Wards, he has met people who “struggle” every day to get ahead.

“There has been progress since 1994, but today in South Africa and in Nelson Mandela Bay that progress has stopped. Nelson Mandela Bay is moving in the wrong direction under an ANC government that has given up on delivery for our people.”

Trollip added that 80% of people living in Nelson Mandela Bay are too afraid to go out after dark.

Gangsters own the streets, and both young and old are unsafe because there is no plan to prevent or police crime in Nelson Mandela Bay, he said.

However, in an effort to combat crime, Trollip said they will be working closely with the South African Police Service (SAPS).

“We will upgrade dangerous areas in a way that makes them safer and more accessible to police including regular clearing of bushes and overgrown hideouts for gangsters and criminals," he said.