Ugu must apologise for salty water situation

2015-11-19 06:00

OVER the past two weeks we have waited and watched the responses of Ugu District Municipality regarding the recent water crisis.

Although some of the comments made by D.D. Naidoo have been positive and are noted, the general tone of the Ugu should have been more apologetic and sincere.

The municipality lied to its citizens. They were very well aware of the consequences of a closed river mouth and the salt level of the water in the Umzimkhulu River. If they plead ignorant to this or blame it on nature, they are then claiming to be incompetent.

When an individual or organisation does wrong, a good response would be to admit, as a first step to healing, learning and improving.

Ugu has not apologised to its people and they have in fact been very dishonest and defensive in their response.

Ugu also turned down a free offer to open the river mouth, long before the disaster happened. Their decision landed us in a disaster and further costs to taxpayers. They then must have awarded a tender and paid someone, who did not open the river mouth in time to avert the disaster.

By drawing water for consumption close to the river mouth, Ugu should have had measuring instruments to monitor the conductivity and salt levels in the water. Sources say the instruments indicated reading of increasing salt levels in the water, long enough for Ugu Municipality to have acted and opened the river mouth, thereby averting the disaster.

They continually pull the wool over the eyes of their people. They take advantage of the general apathy of people and that most people are not familiar with the laws, regulations and their rights.

This must stop, as people need to be informed and made to feel safe and have trust in their leaders, which must be earned.

Given the extent and climate of corruption in our country, we hope this is not another deliberate attempt to gain access to the millions of rands in the disaster relief fund.

Citizens deserve and need to know how the funds will be used to pay for damages and future water crisis prevention.

We do not want this money to be misappropriated, knowing how vulnerable, we as people of Ugu, can become in just a matter of hours and days.

E. Rangasamy

Ugu also turned down a free offer to open the
river mouth, long before the disaster happened. Their decision landed us in a disaster and further costs to taxpayers

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