IFP blames uThungulu for water shortage in Nkandla

2015-02-11 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has lashed out at the ANC-led uThungulu District Municipality as a decline in water supply crippled some areas of Nkandla.

In a media release yesterday, the IFP called on Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane not to shift the blame and accuse the IFP-led Nkandla Local Municipality of failing to supply water to the people as “this is the responsibility of the ANC-led uThungulu District Municipality”.

“The minister is playing cheap politics and is trying to deceive Nkandla residents to think that the Nkandla ­Local Municipality is dysfunctional.

“Political point scoring is the way the ANC operates,” said IFP national chairperson Blessed ­Gwala.

“It is the responsibility of the uThungulu District to supply water to Nkandla not the local municipality as she claimed,” continued Gwala.

ANC chairperson and deputy mayor of uThungulu District Thulani Mashaba acknowledged that the district municipality is in charge of the water supply in the area, but emphasised that the water reticulation company appointed to set water pipes in 2013 was contracted by the local ­municipality.

According to Mashaba, the job ­remains incomplete.

Mashaba said Mokonyane went from door to door on January 31 in preparation for a rally and during these visits, she received complaints from Ward 4 (IFP-led) and Ward 5 ­(ANC-led) residents about the water shortage they are experiencing.

In related news, Democratic ­Alliance (DA) MPL Francois Rogers called on KZN Co-operative ­Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube to ­urgently intervene on behalf of several Kokstad communities that are now entering day four without water.

“The DA has been reliably informed by sources within the municipality that there is currently a wage dispute and a strike is now under way.

“This has allegedly led to the water valves being closed by disgruntled staff with officials now scrambling in the dark to find the valves,” Rogers said.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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