Ugu leadership snubs DA

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The Democratic Alliance pickets outside the Ugu District offices.PHOTO: NTANDOYENKOSI DLAMINI
The Democratic Alliance pickets outside the Ugu District offices.PHOTO: NTANDOYENKOSI DLAMINI

Ugu District Municipality’s leadership did not come out to accept a memorandum from the Democratic Alliance on Wednesday.

The DA Ugu Constituency with KwaZulu-Natal DA leader, Francois Rodgers picketed outside Ugu District Municipality offices in Port Shepstone.

The party was demanding a proper and implementable local disaster management plan for alternative water provision during prolonged water interruptions.

Rishigen Viranna, Ugu DA South Constituency head, said they also demand that where water outages occur, the municipality must provide factual reasons and reconnection times to councillors and communities.

Viranna added that Ugu District Municipality must immediately ensure that all residents have continuous water and sanitation services.

The municipality must also allocate at least eight percent of its budget to fund infrastructure maintenance and upgrading, said Viranna, adding that they also demand a human resources plan for the hiring of skilled engineers, plumbers and artisans.

The DA also demanded that Ugu District Municipality be placed under provincial administration in terms of Section 139 of the South African constitution.

“The municipal political leadership and officials must comply with this administration. The Minister of Water Affairs must also transfer the Ugu Bulk Water Supply to Umgeni Water Board with immediate effect. The water crisis in this municipality has been going on for six years without any concern for the residents who have to suffer without water on a regular basis,” said Viranna.

Also, the DA said it demands that the criminal investigation for any sabotage to municipal infrastructure must be speedily resolved, adding that they also want environmental rehabilitation of all rivers and lagoons that have had sewage infiltration.

Meanwhile, KZN DA leader Francois Rodgers, told The Witness that Ugu’s leadership did not come out to accept the memorandum because they are incompetent, useless and are part of the failure of the province.

He said they had to shove the memorandum under the municipality’s office doors.

“People within the Ugu District Municipality have been unhappy for six years because they have not had a consistent supply of water. And there seems to be no solution to the problem,” said Rodgers, adding that Ugu continues to fail.

He added the municipality must be accountable to the people it serves.

“We wanted them to come and accept our memorandum but they failed so we have to ask ourselves, why won’t they come out and speak to the community? Why can’t they give the community answers? I know the answer, it is because they are useless, incompetent, and they are part of the ANC. They are also part of the failure of our country and our province,” said Rodgers.

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