DA protests poor service

2016-07-06 06:00
SUPPORTERS of the DA marched against the ANC’s poor service delivery in the Maluti-a-Phofung Municipality on Thursday (30/06). Photo: Tladi Moloi

SUPPORTERS of the DA marched against the ANC’s poor service delivery in the Maluti-a-Phofung Municipality on Thursday (30/06). Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – Supporters of the Democratic Alliance (DA) marched against the ANC’s poor service delivery in the Maluti-a-Phofung Municipality on Thursday (30/06).

About 120 DA supporters marched from Freedom Square in Phuthaditjhaba to the park near the Crescent Shopping Complex.

The marchers were supposed to hand over their memorandum of complaints to the local municipality, but the municipality did not send a representative.

This defeated their purpose, so they went to the park where they were addressed by Patricia Kopane, the DA’s provincial leader in the Free State.

Kopane said she was disappointed with the municipality officials and called for the community to vote those “jokes” out of office.

She said the DA had proven to be the best in the municipalities they had governed and promised the same in Maluti-a-Phofung.

“For the past three years, we have tried to negotiate with the municipality to follow all the right processes, but they never did that. They never showed up in any Section Four meetings.

“We have decided that we will give the memorandum to the media and send it to the minister of Local Government,” she said.

The DA is protesting against the on-going water crisis, raw sewage running through the streets, poor road maintenance, increasing Eskom debt and the mismanagement of public funds.

“The municipality has water tankers, but most of the time they are empty or they would claim that they don’t have diesel,” she said.

She said the community had made it clear that on 3 August, they would vote for the DA and not the ANC.

In their memorandum, the DA demands that the municipality take immediate action to end the water crisis.

“The municipality should appoint suitably qualified and competent personnel. They must release their strategy and action plan on how they will upgrade it and must repair broken infrastructure immediately,” the memorandum reads.

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