Petition against Umvoti

2019-09-25 06:01

THE Democratic Alliance Councillor Rajan S. Maharaj has initiated a petition against Umvoti Municipality and the MEC for Local Governance and Traditional Affairs (Sipho Hlomuka).

The Umvoti Municipality has failed and continues to fail to meet its statutory duty of providing basic services to the residents, particularly in respect of, but not limited to, the following:

a. Failure to maintain and repair the roads in Greytown, eNhlalakahle and the greater Umvoti area, resulting in roads being in a serious state of disrepair, thus being unsafe and dangerous.

b. Failure to provide electricity to the recently occupied houses that have been erected in the eNhlalakahle township.

c. Failure to maintain and repair the pavement, gutters and water drainage system of Greytown, eNhlalakahle and the greater Umvoti area.

d. Failure to keep the Umvoti area in a clean and hygienic condition.

The municipality has been and continues to wastefully expend revenue generated by ratepayers to the severe detriment of the residents of Umvoti including, but not limited to, the following:

a. Providing security to councillors and senior municipal management costing millions of rands. Such expenses being unwarranted as security should be provided by the South African [Police] Service.

b. Paying for transport costs of councillors and senior municipal management who reside outside Umvoti but are employed by the municipality and travel long distances on a daily basis to Greytown at a great and unwarranted cost to the ratepayers of Umvoti Municipality.

c. By failing to complete projects in which huge sums of money from both ratepayers and taxpayers have already been spent without beneficial use, including but not limited to the Lakhis Sports Field and Acacia Park

The municipality has failed to control the illegal dumping of refuse within the borders of Umvoti, particularly in eNhlalakahle and Greytown, and such failure has and continues to create a huge health and environmental hazard to the residents, flora and fauna of Umvoti.

The municipality has failed to control the illegal consumption of alcohol in public places including, but not limited to, King Edward Park.

The municipality has failed to control the high levels of crime in Umvoti.

It is noted with despair that the municipality spent thousands of rands on a CCTV system in Greytown but has failed to complete the project, making it effectively a white elephant.

We demand that the municipality attends to these serious issues raised above urgently, failing which, we will take all the necessary steps to ensure that our concerns are addressed appropriately and urgently.

COUNCILLOR RAJAN S. MAHARAJ

Democratic Alliance

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