Steps DA has taken

2017-03-23 06:03

• THE Ugu water crisis has been escalated to the KZN Provincial Legislature. I have given notice of motion on the Ugu water crisis at a sitting. Thus this crisis will be debated in the provincial legislature.

• This matter has also been escalated to the National Assembly. The DA Shadow Minister of Water and Sanitation will push for all bulk water services of the Ugu District Municipality be taken over by Umgeni Water. Ugu has consistently shown that it cannot balance reservoirs, manage valves and operate its water plants.

• The Democratic Alliance is liaising with both SAPS and the Hawks regarding criminal charges laid due to sabotage of municipal infrastructure and sewage dumping. We will ensure that there are consequences for all illegal activities and people are held accountable.

• Lastly and most important, the Democratic Alliance has written to the MEC of Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs for provincial intervention, support and assistance. This is mandated under section 154 of the South African Constitution. Ugu District Municipality has proven that it is incapable to fulfil Section 27 of the Constitution; the right to access to sufficient water. Provincial government must now step in and act. We expect very specific outcomes from this intervention. It will be read out in our memorandum as we demand that the Ugu District Municipality complies. - Dr Rishigen Viranna MPL, Constituency Head: Ugu South.

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