Thandi Modise: We owe the community of Madibeng

2014-02-14 17:19

North West Premier Thandi Modise made many promises to the community of Madibeng today.

Among them that there was progress in the investigation into the alleged tampering with pipes, which had led to the Mothutlung protests in which four people died.

“I spoke to the Minister [of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa] recently and she said she was waiting for the forensic investigators. She had found interesting fingerprints and we are hoping to arrest some people soon,” she said.

She addressed the community two hours later than expected after residents were fed sandwiches, apples and juice.

“I have come to respond to the grievances of the people. When we started in 2011 we were given memorandums which outlined these problems. The concerns all around the Madibeng area are similar, mostly about water,” she said.

She conceded that in the past the area never had water shortages, giving credence to the allegations that corruption and corrupt officials were involved.

“These corrupt tenders are not how we want to run our government. We spent a lot of time speaking to the SIU [Special Investigating Unit], Hawks, police and prosecutors trying to understand why some cases are never investigated, let alone reach court. All these people we have spoken to will come back to us and we will get back to you,” she said.

She laid into corrupt public servants who could not explain how they maintained their lifestyles on their salaries.

“Public representatives aren’t trustworthy. We aren’t saying that the public representatives should not live the life they want to live, but they must be able to account for their lifestyles. The ruling party has begun with integrity committees to ensure that lifestyles people live should match their means because we owe the people that,” she said.

“The issues raised by the community are genuine. We are investigating all of them. We do owe the people of Madibeng,” she added.

The residents were also called up to raise their concerns with the premier. Some cited water and electricity problems. Others begged Modise to intervene where police officers were demanding bribes and doing nothing about crime.

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