Rocky start to imbizo as residents locked out

By Mamela Gowa

The first leg of Buffalo City Metro’s 2017 Mayoral Imbizos has started on a rocky note as scores of King William’s Town residents have been locked outside the town hall where the first Imbizo is currently taking place.

Disgruntled residents have expressed disappointment and accused BCM of failing to properly organise the event where residents are supposed to engage with the metro leadership.

According to BCM posters the event was scheduled to start at

noon at Victoria Grounds (stadium) however the venue was changed and BCM mayor Xola Pakati only arrived at the hall at 2.40pm.

While other residents were seen sitting just outside the hall, others were seen sitting on the side of the road listening to Pakati on speakers put up to accommodate them.

Council speaker Alfred Mtsi apologised for the chaos and said they had been advised to not hold the Imbizo at Victoria Grounds due to rainy weather.



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