MPs warn on service protests

2012-05-09 19:22

Cape Town - Opposition MPs urged government on Wednesday to take firmer action on service delivery problems, warning that the situation was spiralling out of control.

"Even the staunchest ANC loyalist cannot but admit that local government has sunk beyond crisis [levels]; it is becoming a fully-fledged national disaster," Congress of the People MP Juli Kilian said.

Speaking during debate in the National Assembly on the co-operative governance and traditional affairs department's R54.7bn budget, she said the situation was "frighteningly reminiscent of South Africa in the late 1980s".

Her remarks come against a backdrop of service delivery protests in at least four locations around the country on Wednesday, including a municipal building set alight at Barkly West, in the Northern Cape, and a school on fire at Tlapeng, in North West.

The SA Police Service also reported that residents of KwaThema, near Springs, and protesters from Sir Lowry's Village, in the Western Cape, had barricaded streets in their areas with burning tyres.

Democratic Alliance MP John Steenhuisen told the House that "drastic steps" were needed to reform local government.

The country was facing service delivery protests at a rate, on average, of two a week.

He said President Jacob Zuma's recent statement, made in an address to the National Council of Provinces, that "service protests are not a threat to the stability of the country" displayed a "remarkable political naivete".

On the co-operative governance department's turn-a-round strategy, aimed at reforming municipalities, Steenhuisen said some municipalities had been turned around so many times they had ended up facing the exact same direction they were when they started.

"The truth of the matter... is that we've been turned around so many times that we've actually begun to become a little bit dizzy," he said, to laughter from MPs.

The Inkatha Freedom Party's Peter Smith referred to the "appalling" state of local governance, while Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald warned of a descent into anarchy.

"If no strong action is taken against corrupt officials... there will be total anarchy in local governance," he said.

Opening the debate earlier, Co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi announced that the government planned to hold a series of "service delivery assessment sessions" around the country.

These would "engage with all councillors, all traditional leaders, and finally, all civil society formations, all on service delivery questions".

His department would also review legislation that some claimed was impeding service delivery.

"We have put together a team of law experts to deal with this matter, in that we either establish facts and validate the claims and then continue to review the laws, or we fail to validate and then remove such laws from the list."

This review would be completed by August this year.

On service delivery protests, he condemned the violence.

"People are getting intolerant of the situation and easily take to the streets and become extremely violent at times."

"We have seen the destruction of government property and councillors' houses at the Lesedi Municipality in Gauteng recently."

Residents of Sunrise Park, in Rustenburg, had referred to a "war-zone"-like situation in their area.

"We condemn this [violence] in the strongest possible terms, more so when some of these issues raised may be finalised without resorting to violence," he said.

  • Charles Dumbwin - 2012-05-09 19:34

    "We condemn this [violence] in the strongest possible terms, more so when some of these issues raised may be finalised without resorting to violence," LOL, the ANC regime breeds them to be violent, but now that the regime is in power, they don't want them to be violent anymore ???

      Piet - 2012-05-09 19:58

      the blind sjambok charles....e

      Mark - 2012-05-09 21:06

      The ANC Town-councilors should go and buy some more BMWs to calm their nerves

      Wes - 2012-05-10 08:40

      We condemn the stealing the corruption the non delivery of services paid for the lack of work ethic and accountability etc etc etc and etc.......................................................................

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-05-10 08:49

      They are doing it on purpose. None of our politicians are ever this lazy when the gravy train stops at a station near them.

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-09 19:45

    This has always been one the major issues to address. Service delivery could be faster however it is the agenda of an Opposition party to paint the worst possible picture , I suppose.

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-09 19:56

      @tama - no picture to paint here, this is reality - you know the real thing. This aint no fable like Cinderella baby.

      Piet - 2012-05-09 19:59

      with the paint provided compliments the ANC. But then again it is very hard to correct the brainwashed mind.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-09 20:02

      I ain't brainwashed , I just have an optimistic perspective.

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-09 20:08

      @bluzulu, we all know that is you, did i not tell you to pi$$ off from these forums?

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-09 20:17

      hehehehehehehehee..... Don't make me laugh, Gestapo. That Baas talk don't work with me mate.

      Julio - 2012-05-09 20:32

      The ANC government makes the opposition's job very easy. You don't have to be in the opposition to see that there is no service delivery as it was promised during the election campaign.

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-09 20:33

      Coco the nut back in full swing to make a mockery of the Indian community again. Actually no, please stay, so i can tear strips off you again. I bet i could make you change your name again!

      Johann - 2012-05-09 20:43

      The bigist nundu of them all

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-09 20:45

      Asks your pals at News24 why the bluzulu has been silenced never slain.

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-09 21:34

      What happened then, did they shut your name down?

      John - 2012-05-10 06:42

      Troll alert! Bluezulu is spouting again. @Gestoffle, on another forum he calls himself Blondezulu. The NZ's kicked him out for terrorizing the lambs. Probably trolled a lot of #hyte on their forums too. What do you expect from a ?aaidoo?

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-10 10:02

      @John - Thanks for that. What really beats me how this vinesh naidoo from richards bay who works for portnet, spends so much time on the net. You are paying for another sponges salary sitting in another government dept. Very sad how he can sit on the net trying to aggravate the white people - he openly admitted that is his sole mission. Obviously has no life.

      Alf - 2012-05-10 10:03

      Tamaranui, you worry me. I have not seen any opposition baners being waved during the burning of schools, municipal buildings etc., but an angry mob demanding what the ANC promised since 1994, but never delivered. Because "uncle" Jacob says the violence is no threat to stability in the country does not mean he is right. If you can cast your mind back (provided you have one), try and remember what a Mr. Charles Ngacula had to day about the xenophobic violence in Alexandra: "It is contained locally and will not spread to other parts of the country". Boy was he right.....!

  • George - 2012-05-09 19:49

    If you want to motivate a politician offer him money and self interest. At this stage power preservation should be of some concern to the cANCer society. Even the simplest residents are scratching their heads in horror and disbelief.

  • Glenda - 2012-05-09 19:57

    All these politicians are politicing, that includes the DA. They seem to be getting just like the ANC. Seem to ignore their own people that voted them in to Council. One blames the other for none service delivery! In the meantime we PAY for non service delivery.I do not condone violence, BUT, the frustration of not being heard seems to make me want to be violent!!!! NON SERVICE DELIVERY IN SPRINGS

  • Piet - 2012-05-09 19:57

    What a joke, and come 2014 they will vote for these idiots again.

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-05-09 20:12

      exactly. they musnt complain xD "We want housing! we want electricity! we want jobs! we want water! we want money!" FFS these peopl cant do anythin for themselves yet their the ones who keep the ANC majority in power. SO ridiculous..

  • braamc - 2012-05-09 19:58

    F%$cken good for nothing

  • braamc - 2012-05-09 19:58

    You get what you vote for, bwah bwah

  • Zahir - 2012-05-09 20:11

    I do remember zuma at election time saying people not too worry about services they must first vote anc the situation seems to be out of control now

  • Tumisang - 2012-05-09 20:15

    During the 1980 people had nothing,now they have roads and clean running water in their houses,electricity distribution has increased from 10% to almost 90%,almost all the rural areas including shacks have electricity.....almost all the 70% of the country now has clean running water.

      Pule - 2012-05-09 20:25

      O bua masepa boy...

      Sharon - 2012-05-09 20:29

      @ Tumisang - Reading that ANC pamphlet again, I see.

      Alan - 2012-05-09 20:50

      Yes, and hospitals are far worse than 1994, municipalities are a mess, water, electricity and sanitation are marginal, education has gone to the dogs and Transnet, SAA and SABC constantly have their begging bowls out for more funds. Imagine how much better things could have been if we had had an honest, competent government in power for the past 2 decades, without billions being siphoned off in fraudulent tenders that don't deliver.

      John - 2012-05-10 06:17

      You obviously haven't been to Northeren Kwa Zulu Natal lately?

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-09 20:16

    ANC govt has lurched from crisis to crisis since circa 1998. And yet here we are in 2012 with, "government planned to hold a series of service delivery assessment sessions around the country." This is what happens with "vote now, we'll solve the problems later". Nothing is solved and many issues seem much worse. Don't imagine that because your followers have sacrificed generation after generation for the ANC cause that they will continue to do so forever. They have now reached the point where they want the generations of sacrifice to amount to something

      Barend - 2012-05-09 20:37

      Service delivery protests is not new to South Africa and certainly not Africa. I wonder lately if the anc still have the support they had. People want to live happy and successful lives and Africa is no different. Come next election I think the anc will be in for the shock of their 100 year existence.

  • Erich - 2012-05-09 20:29

    The root of the problem is that incapable and greedy Councillors are there for monetary gain and not to serve the community. Remuneration should be dependent on performance of the local authority and if there is no performance, councillors should not receive any pay. If there are not sufficient capable councillors, administrator(s) should be appointed who are capable of doing the job and who are not there to enrich themselves. This should not be too difficult. Comprehendo?

  • Nkateko Sibuyi - 2012-05-09 20:52

    After 15 years we still don't what server our people need. What kind of assessment? Isn't there are port to parly?

      John - 2012-05-10 06:52


      Gestoffle - 2012-05-10 10:18

      The new south africa John, they speak in riddles!

  • Johann - 2012-05-09 20:54

    Ag shame so easy when you were a struggling movement it was so easy to propegate these ideas and even enforce them with the neclace method, now that the shoe is on the other foot you nundus want to cry foul , get for you your day is comming

  • KCorsar - 2012-05-09 20:57

    Not resort to violence, with 18 years of election promises hanging undelivered for many, corruption in the upper echelons of Government - condemning violence, on what basis? Teach people to stand up for their rights; givve them the power to do so, they will turn on you when they realise they aren't getting what they expect. You are elected to RUN the country no BLUNDER!

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-05-09 21:10

    "He said President Jacob Zuma's recent statement, made in an address to the National Council of Provinces, that "service protests are not a threat to the stability of the country" displayed a "remarkable political naivete"." Zuma doesn't care about the nation only his position and power. I never thought I will arrive at a day when I agree with malema. Zuma is a dictator and is only looking to make history for himself. Why should he care about protests??? There are more improtant things to do like bonking wife no1 to 6 and concurbine 1 to 7 and making babies!!!

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-05-09 22:00

    more houses have electricity - yes, BUT electrical supply is eratic and billing is a joke. More houses have water - yes, BUT small towns in rural muncipalities cannot drink the tapwater because of raw sewage in the drinking water!! More roads - yes, BUT the potholes are so large you can hide a girrafe in it. Towns are dirty, water treatment plant non functioning, electrical interruptions, refuse lining the streets, stray animals on national roads killing people- Is service delivery a problem? you decide, I just state the facts. I know what I think ;-)

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-10 06:39

    The ruling party et all surrogates are unable to arrange a shag in a brothel..not to mention service delivery!!BUT burning everything in sight..THAT THEY CAN DO!!

  • Jonathan - 2012-05-27 07:57

    That is what you are getting when you are voting for "The Spear" and his incompetant cronies. VIVA vote ANC for your own destruction VIVA

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