DA: ‘We will clean up PMB’

2011-04-18 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance will clean up the city. That was the promise from Helen Zille, DA leader and premier of the Western Cape, speaking at the Bombay Civic Centre, Northdale, on Saturday as part of the DA campaign ahead of the May 18 municipal elections.

Zille accused Pietermaritzburg’s ANC-led municipality of quickly cleaning up the area prior to her visit.

“When the municipality heard that the DA election campaign was rolling into town, they quickly tried to clean up the mess,” she said. “Your area has been cleaned up for my visit. But what will happen next week? The rubbish will start piling up again.”

Zille said this is because the municipality has ceased to function. “It has been under administration for over a year because it cannot fulfil its basic functions and deliver essential services,” she said. “The municipality has been looted by corrupt officials …”

Quoting figures provided by the Department of Co-operative Governance, Zille said that only two percent of households in the Msunduzi municipal area have access to refuse removal. But she pointed out that Pietermaritzburg is not the only place with a refuse crisis.

“Rubbish is piling up on the streets of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Ekurhuleni. It is symptomatic of failed municipalities all over the country.”

DA-run municipalities are the cleanest in the country, according to Zille. “DA-governed Swartland is the only municipality to have been named South Africa’s cleanest town twice in a row. Cape Town is a regular winner and runner-up in the Cleanest City Award.”

“All you need to do to clean up Northdale is to go out and vote [for the DA] on May 18.” — WR.

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