OPINION: ‘MEC must apologise to the people of Ugu’

DEAR Editor,-

The Democratic alliance in KwaZulu-Natal strongly condemns the arrogance displayed by KZN COGTA MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube during a budget sitting in the provincial legislature yesterday.

This after she tore up a petition from more than 2 000 Ugu residents which requested that their dysfunctional municipality be placed under provincial administration.

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Residents of Ugu District have continuously cried for consistent clean water over the years, yet Ugu municipality has been silent on the matter. Even today, areas of Gcilima and KwaXolo remain without water and residents have to endure multiple daily pipe breaks.

The current crisis in this municipality is not only a violation of human rights, it has also led to job losses, crippled the hospitality industry and disrupts daily living. The persistent water cuts during the 2016 festive period have already caused the loss of more than 160 jobs and R98-million in losses.

For the MEC to rip this community’s petition to shreds is highly offensive and the DA expects an apology from her without delay.

If ever there was proof that the ANC does not care about the people of KZN and that it is protecting an incompetent administration, then this must be it. The DA in the KZN Legislature has submitted a new copy of the petition to the Speaker’s Office and expects this to be tabled in the petitions committee.

The DA is committed to ensuring that the voices of the residents of Ugu are heard. We assure them that the DA will not allow a corrupt ANC government to disregard their pleas and deprive them of the most basic services.

DR RISHIGEN VIRANNA, MPL

DA Ugu South Constituency Head

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