SOME political parties have raised some serious concerns about the water crisis currently gripping the Ugu district. Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has called on the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube to intervene and provide a lasting solution. The DA called for Ugu mayor Mondli Chiliza to prioritise the water crisis communicate developments with residents.
On Monday, Ugu Municipal Manager DD Naidoo confirmed there has been illegal and unauthorised interference with the water supply. Naidoo said the municipality does not know who is responsible, but a case has been opened with SAPS. IFP councillor and Ugu executive committee member Simphiwe Jika Mthethwa said the operations of the municipality have been severely affected since the death of the former mayor Tolomane Myayiza in December last year.
“Whenever the current mayor is away on other duties, everything comes to a standstill until he returns because there is no deputy mayor to stand in for him. As a result, our citizens are deprived of regular municipal services,” said Mthethwa.
He said the Ugu community should be made aware on why is it taking so long to elect the deputy.
“While doing that, they need to come up with a plan that will resolve the water crisis so that residents can continue with their lives in a dignified manner.”
He added the death of two Exco councillors has also contributed to the water crisis since the late Ian Mvundla was a portfolio chair of community service delivery that, deals with the water problem.
DA Ugu constituency chairperson Dr Rishigen Virana said the mayor has not made any attempt to visit affected areas, and delayed communicating a plan to remedy the situation. “Yet he goes on national television and denies any responsibility for this crisis.”
The DA says the mayor’s attitude is one that sees the poor and vulnerable being the biggest victims of poor planning and the lack of disaster management.
Several attempts to get Ugu to comment were unsuccessful.