Responses to water tanker saga

2019-06-05 06:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) responded to a serious allegation made by protesters during protest action at the Ngome area last Monday.

The angry protesters claimed that the driver of the water tanker from the uMzinyathi Municipality was only supplying water to IFP card-carrying members.

Ngome IFP chairperson Nkosinathi Mncwabe denied the allegations, saying they were tarnishing the image of the party as a whole.

“It is not true that water is only supplied to the supporters of the IFP. This not only paints a bad picture about the uMzinyathi Municipality, but the IFP as a whole.

“These are false allegations, probably from the other political parties.

“There is no such thing [happening] at the Mpanza area. The community should be complaining about the lack of water supply from uMzinyathi District Municipality as a whole at least, not claiming that it is only supplied to the IFP supporters.

“How can we do such a thing?

“For the record, we know that water supply is a basic need that should be given to all the people. The IFP distances itself from such allegations.”

Mncwabe added that the operator working at the water treatment plant in the area did not alert the municipality that a water pump was not working.

“The operator didn’t report to uMzinyathi District Municipality that the pump was not working. That was what motivated the residents to strike,” he said.

“It means there was a lack of communication [between the operater and the municipality].”

Umzinyathi District Municipality communications manager Nkanyiso Cebekhulu said: “The statement from Mncwabe is factual, the operator working at Ngome is from a sub-contracter employed by uMzinyathi District Municipality.

“Two pumps from the main road and next to Kwanduna had broken engines. As we speak, the procurement process for the parts has been made and they may be delivered soon.

“We [have arranged] the provision of water tankers temporarily while we wait to fix the permanent process to provide water to the community.

“uMzinyathi District would like to distance themselves from the above statement [regarding bias]; we provide water [regardless of] religion, colour of the skin or any party affiliation. We don’t discriminate.

“We have the provision of borehole and water tanks. To improve our boreholes, we are in the process of putting pump engines in our boreholes to supply more water to our community,” he ended.

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