MUNICIPALITIES COMMIT TO REBUILDING DAMAGE CAUSED DURING RIOTS

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BY KWANELE SIBIYA

MANZINI-The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Prince Simelane, has pointed out that the damage to property under local municipal authorities following protest actions that resulted in looting and burning of business properties has taken the country back economically.

Simelane shared these sentiments when addressing Mayors and Chief Executive Officers (CEO’s) of local municipalities today.

According to Prince Simelane, towns look like ruins right now and it is a sore sight for them as a ministry.

“This is why we have called you here today to let you know that we see what has happened. We are with you during this period, and we condemn these actions in the greatest way possible,” he said.

Prince Simelane further said that the damage to property has taken the country back economically.

“I can’t imagine how tough this must be for you as custodians of these areas, but as government, we believe in your capabilities to rebuild and redevelop these areas again,” he said.

The Mayor of Pigg’s Peak town, Victor Rodriguez, who spoke on behalf of mayors, reiterated Prince Simelane’ s words as he pointed out that, indeed, this was a sad time for them.

He agreed that towns looked like ruins, but he assured the minister that they would work tirelessly to rebuild them.

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