Democratic Alliance Mayor-elect for Cape Town, Dan Plato, has hit the ground running ahead of his assumed election as executive mayor on Tuesday.
He is been visiting several communities on a so-called “listening tour” since last week.
Plato visited Samora Machel in Philippi on the Cape Flats. Plato made a stop at a local clinic before hitting the streets.
He made time to visit several small businesses. Many say the area of Samora Machel is particularly dangerous.
Business Owner, Masixole Qalani says:”As the new mayor of Cape Town he must fight crime because around here we live in shacks and the crime is too much because there are a lot of people living in a chaotic place, we need change, the reason we vote is we want jobs, we need houses and we want them to fight crime.”
Samora Machel resdient, Gilbert Gwebushe says:”There are no streets here, it’s even difficult for the police to get in here ,there is a lot of crime here, people are dying and there is not work.”
Plato says he is ready for the challenges he would face as mayor. He says a lot of work has been done to bring cohesion within the council.
“That is what I gather from most of the councillors they are willing to work together, they are willing to bury the hatchet and put all issues aside because my call to the councillors was it’s not your interests that is at stake, we are not here for ourselves, we’re here for the public and serve the public.”
Plato is expected to be elected as Cape Town mayor tomorrow during a special council meeting.
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