Wynberg residents expose corruption and nepotism in Alexandra
Wednesday 1 June 2005 by Dale
WYNBERG CONCERNED RESIDENTS TO EXPOSE CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM AND MISMANAGEMENT IN THE ALEXANDRA RENEWAL PROJECT(ARP) AT NEWS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (2ND JUNE) - 16H00 AT THE SAN KOPANO COMMUNITY CENTRE IN ALEXANDRA
THIS NEWS CONFERENCE WILL TAKE PLACE ONE HOUR BEFORE JOHANNESBURG CITY MAYOR, AMOS MOSONDO, IS SET TO ADDRESS RESIDENTS IN THE ALEX STADIUM (ADJACENT TO THE COMMUNITY CENTRE) ON THE ARP
The Wynberg Concerned Residents (WCR-Alex) - an organisation of poor people living in disused factory buildings and shops who have been fighting eviction by private developers - invites all media and other interested individuals/organisations to attend a news conference on Thursday at 16h00 in Alexandra (San Kopano Community Centre). The purpose of the news conference is to expose the corruption, nepotism and crass mismanagement of the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP).
The ARP, a Presidential Project ’run’ by the City of Johannesburg, has been ongoing for several years and is supposed to ’deliver’ meaningful ’development and upliftment’ to the residents of Alexandra, the vast majority of whom remain impoverished. The WCR will provide information about how the ARP has instead, ’delivered’ missing funds, corruption in housing development, a disregard for democratic procedures and accountability as well as political, financial and technical mismanagement.
The WCR wants to know why it is that every time the community wants to get information on the progress of the ARP, the politicians dive for cover or avoid engaging with the community itself. The WCR wants to know why the original development plan of the ARP (approved in 2002) was not pursued. The WCR wants to know why the City of Johannesburg continues to evict poor people. The WCR wants to know why the Mayor of Johannesburg seems not to care about the people of Alexandra and what he is going to do about the ARP and those individuals and companies that have made the ARP into their own cash cow.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION/COMMENT CONTACT:
Helen Chauke on 082 663-1133