MEC ‘spits’ in residents’ faces

2017-05-25 06:02

PARLIAMENT’S public representatives are there to represent the people and assist with issues they may be facing.

This is why, during a sitting of the KZN Legislature last week to debate the province’s Cogta budget, the Democratic Alliance highlighted Ugu resident’s ongoing water crisis.

It is also why we handed over a petition with more than

2 000 signatures from this community to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube, calling on her to place this dysfunctional municipality under provincial administration.

The MEC did touch briefly on Ugu’s water woes in her budget speech, saying that if her department had smart systems through the use of technology the problem could have been prevented.

This does not resolve the current challenge.

Most shockingly, she then tore up this community’s petition.

She did so in front of a packed public gallery that included Ugu residents.

This is nothing short of spitting in their faces.

The Ugu community’s petition comes after having already written to the MEC, with no response.

It comes after marching to the municipal offices and lobbying local councillors, to no avail.

It also comes after the DA wrote to the MEC requesting urgent intervention. In her arrogance, the MEC failed to respond.

In terms of our country’s Constitution, the government must provide water to communities.

The MEC’s response - to tear up the petition - speaks volumes.

It tells us that she and the ANC do not care about the people of Ugu, or any other community in KZN for that matter, as politics is placed ahead of the people yet again.

HLANGANANI GUMBI, MPL

DA KZN spokesperson in Cogta

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