His Worship Councillor Zephaniah Nkambule’s Statement On Violence And Destruction Of Property

Mayor’s End Of Year Remarks
July 21, 2021
Remarks For Mbabane Mayor, Councillor Zephaniah Nkambule
July 21, 2021

On behalf of Mbabane Councillors and Management, let me pass condolences to families
and friends of all EmaSwati that lost their lives during the wave of protests witnessed in the
capital. As an organisation, Council firmly believes in all interventions that emphasises the
importance of dialogue.

The Council observed with sadness events of the past week, specifically the riots and the
looting that took place in business premises that left a trail of destruction in our beautiful city.

As the Mayor of Mbabane, I am saddened by the indiscriminate vandalism of both residential
and commercial property in the city that has ultimately plunged businesses and ratepayers
into unwarranted expenses in an already unfavourable economic climate.

The destruction of property has unfortunately undone decades of capital investments that,
over the years, have been injected into the city by investors. The violence and vandalism of
property has seriously dented investment prospects and it will take central Government and
Council a number of years to restore investor confidence.

It has emerged that also affected in the riots are individuals that are in leadership positions
in the local authority and Council staff whose homes were vandalised and vehicles set alight.
As Mayor, I kindly appeal for tolerance and peace in our city.

Council is investigating how affected Rate Payers could be cushioned as they seek to
restore their properties back to habitable conditions and fit for trade again. To design
appropriate policy intervention, Council request those property owners whose properties
were damaged to complete a form available on the Council website
https://www.mbabane.org.sz/property-and-business-damages-assessment-form/

I thank you and may God bless you all.

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