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State must deliver: UDM

2012-08-06 19:10

Cape Town - All three levels of government must stop pointing fingers over service delivery backlogs and start delivering, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said on Monday.

He said it was unjust that poor people were expected to be patient when there was no coherent national and provincial plan to deal with their plight.

Budget allocations at provincial and local government were simply not adequate.

"Previously disadvantaged communities continue to receive just a tiny fraction of budget allocations, even though they have the highest service delivery and infrastructure development backlogs," he said.

People in the Western Cape, for example, had been living in squalor since the 1980s, but budget allocations continued to be skewed in favour of developed areas.

Holomisa called on Cabinet leaders to intervene in backlogs.

"It is mischievous for it [Cabinet] to shift blame to the lower spheres of government, when national competences are required to address some of the service delivery backlogs."

He said while some people had legitimate reasons for protesting, they should do so in a manner that respected the law and other citizens.

Comments
  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-06 19:22

    How much longer will it be before cANCer realise they're not capable of running this country? It's obvious to every single person both in SA and overseas exactly where this country is going. Hand over to people who know how to do the job cANCer .... before you destroy it completely. Give it up as a bad job before there's nothing left.

  • keith.recore - 2012-08-06 19:53

    certainly makes a lot of sense. maybe that is why this is not being implemented, it just makes too much sense..but imagine, should they all come to their senses and work more together for changing those in the worst lot...

  • osmaseko - 2012-08-06 20:02

    So even the ANC's opposition agrees that only the rich are taken care of in the Western Cape....mhhhh interesting

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-06 20:57

      So what will happen if the rich go away?

  • lunga.swelindawo.9 - 2012-08-06 20:45

    Sorry General no land for them in Western Cape

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-06 21:03

    Yeah I can see how much they "respect the law and other citizens" in the photo... as usual.

  • randall.j.coetzee - 2012-08-06 22:02

    Yeah neeh? How convenient to use only that example seeing that it was \brought to light\ today...

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