Minister apologises for delivery woes
Pietermaritzburg - Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Yunus Carrim has apologised to Pietermaritzburg residents for the government’s failure to roll out services.
"We are sorry we have not done better in terms of service delivery in this area," Carrim told a ratepayers’ meeting in the suburb of Mountain Rise, called by local Msunduzi councillor Thandi Matiwane on Tuesday.
His comments came as residents continued to complain about power outages, water cuts and uncollected refuse.
Last week, the Independent Development Trust presented a report to the Msunduzi executive committee which indicated that the municipality’s electricity infrastructure needed urgent revamping.
‘In this together’
The report warned that failure to fix the ageing infrastructure would lead to continuing power outages.
"We understand that you get angry and frustrated over outages and other problems. We can only apologise for the problems that you continue to experience, but we are in this together," Carrim said.
The public meeting descended briefly into chaos as an argument ensued between Carrim and former Msunduzi councillor Osman Ganie.
Ganie complained that problems in Msunduzi were a result of "idiots" running the municipality.
Carrim accused the former councillor of being bitter as he was no longer in the position.
Mountain Rise includes a wealthy suburb and an industrial area which contribute over R1m in rates a month.
The deputy minister urged residents to participate in governance issues and to insist on public meetings as a way of holding leaders accountable.