Eastern Cape Premier Must Appoint A Commission
to Urgently Investigate the Affairs of Grahamstown

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.


Issued by

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