Zuma’s surprise visit

2012-07-25 00:00

A YOUNG man of Umzimkhulu who wrote to President Jacob Zuma complaining about the neglect of the town says he did not expect his message would receive much of a reaction from the president.

Bongokuhle Miya used Facebook in February 2010 to tell the president of the shabby conditions in his home town.

He wrote that the rural town near Kokstad flooded when it rained and that sewerage pipes were broken and badly in need of repair.

Miya’s message received a special mention in the president’s state of the nation address last year and spurred a monitoring team comprising officials of the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation to visit the area to assess the problems.

Yesterday, Zuma visited the area to see whether the concerns raised in Miya’s letter were being addressed.

Miya told The Witness last night he never expected the attention his letter had received.

“I did not expect the president to attend to the matter; I simply wrote the letter as my civic duty as a member of this community.

“All the challenges that I mentioned are being addressed and I am very happy for my community.”

Zuma hailed Miya as a shining example of community activism.

“It is these kinds of actions that we need, we [the government] are moving to develop all the areas. If we receive such information we move quickly to those areas, whereas if no one speaks the development will come to you when it comes.”

Zuma visited several other projects in the area, including a water reservoir, an animal pound, a new school and an agricultural project run by local youth.

KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize said Umzimkhulu had attracted an investment of R8 billion in in education, healthcare and infrastructure since it was incorporated into KwaZulu-Natal.

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