04 April 2013
The IFP calls on the Eastern Cape Premier, Ms
Noxolo Kiviet to urgently establish the reasons for continued
government failure to adequately address the needs of the people
in greater Grahamstown and to intervene to address shortcomings.
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance
and Traditional Affairs, Mr Peter Smith MP said, "Grahamstown is
one of the worst areas in the Province of the Eastern Cape in
terms of service delivery. In surrounding areas such as
Kwa-Ndancama and Hlalani there is no service delivery and people
are still using pit toilets. The IFP has spoken to local leaders
of the Unemployed Peoples Movement, and they have raised their
concerns about the lack of service delivery since 1994. The
Makana Municipality has failed these residents."
"Before the 2011 Municipal election, the
Grahamstown community staged a protest against the Makana
Municipality for its failure to provide them with basic
services. In the Hlalani area TNT Contractors were awarded a
tender to build toilets. They left without completing the
project and workers did not even get their salaries. All these
challenges needs to be dealt with," added Smith.
The IFP calls on the Makana Municipal Mayor,
Mr Zamuxolo Peter and the Eastern Cape Premier to act swiftly in
speeding up the process of providing services to the people.
Municipal officials who fail to perform their allotted duties
must vacate their positions and capable individuals should be
appointed," concluded Smith.
IFP Spokesperson on Local Government
and Traditional Affairs,
Mr Peter Smith MP, 083 299 9687
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675