We were not invited

2017-09-07 06:00

WITH much fanfare, a consultative meeting was called between Ugu District Municipality leadership and the South Coast Ratepayers’ Association. At this meeting, Ugu mayor Mondli Chiliza asked South Coast residents for their co-operation in dealing with the water crisis currently gripping the district.

Of concern to the Democratic Alliance is that no ward councillors in the worst affected areas were invited to, or even informed of, this meeting. In addition, no opposition Ugu councillors were informed of this meeting.

It is a well-known fact that during times of crises, it is the DA ward councillors who are at the forefront of the management process, pacifying many angry and sometimes abusive residents, arranging water tankers and liaising with Ugu officials.

Even in areas such as Port Edward and Trafalgar, where the ANC have ward councillors, it is the DA councillors in neighbouring areas that have come to the rescue on every occasion.

One would have expected as a matter of courtesy, and in the spirit of co-operation, that Democratic Alliance councillors would have been invited to this meeting as they are the liaison between residents and officials during times of water outages and sewerage spills.

However, it seems that Chiliza had the opposite intention of trying to sow discord between ratepayer’s associations and ward councillors. We have been reliably informed that ward councillors were included in the attendance registers despite not even being informed of the meeting. It creates the impression that DA councillors are not willing to engage with communities when the opposite is true.

The Democratic Alliance and all its councillors will continue assisting residents throughout this water crisis and will continue to pressurise Ugu officials to deliver on its mandate.

We will continue to do our best to cooperate with the district municipality when it is in the best interest of all its residents.

It is hoped that when the next crisis occurs that the mayor will exercise his leadership role and be at the forefront of its management and not to go into hiding as he so often does.

PETER NAUDE

DA Ugu councillor

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