MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) Mr. Ravi Pillay together with other members of the KZN Legislature and municipal mayors undertook an oversight visit to some of the businesses hardest hit by the violent protests within the uMgungundlovu District.
The delegation visited businesses in Richmond and three malls in Msunduzi namely: Brookside, Mabulala Shopping Centre and Edendale Mall before wrapping up the visit at Camperdown. During the visits, MEC Pillay and the other members of the delegation interacted with business owners.
One of the business owners was 36-year-old Sabelo Vilakazi, a tenant at Edendale Mall. His three businesses at the mall were looted and razed to the ground. He said he was worried about the livelihoods of the 60 people he employed at his businesses.
“I built my business over ten years and it was all gone in one day. The saddest thing is that I was here when they did it. They were taking my stuff right in front of me,” Vilakazi said relaying the incidents that unfolded from Sunday night.
The visit forms part of the legislature programme which saw MPLs visiting various towns across all districts to assess the damage done. MEC Pilay said the information gathered during the oversight visit will be compiled into a report which will influence interventions.
“The report is going to inform a political response on what kind of programmes need to be implemented and what budgets are to be rearranged. The report must eventually underpin a comprehensive response from government”
The delegation also interacted with volunteers who are helping in the clean-up campaign and thanked them for their selfless actions.
The delegation comprised of Mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla (Msunduzi), Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo (uMgungundlovu), Mayor Samora Ndlovu (Richmond), MPLs Thulani Xulu and Steven Moodley.