This is an extract of a speech delivered by myself [Andrew Whitfield] in Parliament yesterday.
The DA has repeatedly warned of the eminent collapse of Makana Municipality’s finances as well as the collapse of its water and sanitation infrastructure, we now welcome the fact that Makana Municipality has finally been placed under administration.
On Monday last week, the DA wrote to MEC Fikile Xasa requesting, yet again, that he place the municipality under section 139 (1)(B) administration effective immediately. This occurred after his predecessor, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, repeatedly failed to deal decisively with the multiple critical issues staring him straight in the face but it has taken a visit to Grahamstown for Minister Gordhan to see for himself what a mess this municipality is in for the final step to be taken.
Minister, “something stinks” Makana Municipality and it is not just the sewage, it is the hidden Kabuso forensic investigation commissioned by council but never tabled for action. I have, this week, submitted a PAIA application to make this report public and if the ANC is incapable of taking action against corruption, the DA will.
The Minister has promised to return to Grahamstown in 90 days and when he does, I would like to invite him to visit KwaThatha; a forgotten community living on the edge of a waterfall of raw sewage which flows past and through the homes of the real victims of the failure of this municipality – the poor.
As of today many parts of Grahamstown are without water while the sewage continues to flow freely. The ANC has allowed this once proud city of saints to be governed by sinners for far too long.
Andrew Whitfield (MP)
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