Ugu to retain control of bulk water supply, despite DA motion

After heated discussions at the Ugu District Municipality council meeting last Thursday, a motion proposed by the DA to get Umgeni Water to take over the bulk supply of water at Ugu was rejected by council.

The motion was tabled by DA councillor Leonard Ngcobo, who pointed out that in 2015 South Coasters had endured weeks of salty water flowing from their taps and were also faced with numerous water supply interruptions during both the 2016 and 2017 holiday seasons.

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The motion was met with hostility from ANC councillors, who questioned the DA’s motive.

ANC councillor, Lindo Mzimela told council that while the DA had been complaining about supply to ‘a privileged sector’, there were people in deep rural communities who had never seen a tap in their lives.

“To me, the DA is already campaigning for the 2019 elections; that’s the only reason I can come up with for this frivolous motion. Ugu is trying its best to lessen water supply interruptions and it makes no sense to take away the municipality’s ability to provide water to its own people.”

Councillor Sinqobile Mngomezulu (ANC) said the DA councillors should be charged for contradicting themselves as they, the DA, had been part of formulating turnaround strategies for Ugu.

Councillor Selvan Chetty (ANC) expressed similar sentiments, telling council that the DA was ‘too late’ in its motion and that events had overtaken them.

“The DA accepted the recent recovery plans and remedial action to get Ugu back on track, and this is why we reject the motion,” he said.

DA councillor Peter Naude responded, saying that assigning the bulk water supply to those with more experience would improve the situation at Ugu and would eliminate problems with reservoirs.

“If Umgeni Water took over, everyone would benefit,” he said

The motion was defeated by 12 votes to five, with several councillors abstaining.



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