Response to mayor’s quote

2015-07-09 06:00

I WOULD like to take this opportunity to respond to the article quoting Hibiscus Coast Municipality mayor Cynthia Mqwebu in the Fever.

You are correct regarding our efficient customer service system. I use it all the time and encourage my residents to do so, and yet so many letters to various departments are not answered. Madam Mayor, you are well aware that the head of departments and the municipal manager are obliged to respond to the public representatives, and that they answer to us, not the other way round.

Regarding the issue of the fencing, I had already had a response from the Department of Transport months ago who were emphatic in their opinion that it was not their responsibility, and I communicated such to the HOD Building and Planning shortly after he had taken office.

I drive through my ward many times each week, and never fail to see the illegally parked vehicles I mentioned, plus many others. Moving them along now and then does not constitute “on a daily basis”.

My issue regarding the borough grounds clubhouse has nothing to do with a new service provider. It was because we had neglected to protect or maintain our buildings, indicating a lack of fiscal responsibility regarding ratepayers’ and taxpayers’ hard-earned money.

Over a period of many weeks, despite repeated requests to the relevant departments, the building was allowed to be vandalised to the point of complete destruction.

As you must know, this is not the only HCM-owned building to which this has happened.

This is a flagrant disregard of government’s responsibilities towards fiscal protection.

As far as the residents of the caravan park are concerned, I have visited the designated site to which they were told they would be relocated by the end of March at the latest, and I see no sign of any activity whatsoever, including the provision of basic services.

I asked for a report from the relevant department HOD and manager in order to discover what is happening. I was ignored despite my giving them more than 30 days to respond, and informing them that I would have no option but to take this issue to the media if they did not. I informed the municipal manager of the same, and was ignored by him.

The freedom of these residents to be able to sleep at night without worrying about the conditions in which they live, the fairness that has been compromised by HCM by dragging this appalling situation out for more than three years without answers, and the failure to provide the opportunity for the residents to be able to live, as is entrenched in our Constitution, with a roof over their heads and a water supply, is reprehensible.

Cllr Carole Potter (DA)

Ward 18

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