22 January 2013
The IFP has lambasted the Greater Kei
Municipality for its failure to maintain roads in Zozo Location,
near East London, which for over two years have remained in a
state of total disrepair. The situation is so desperate that
residents have now taken to effecting road repairs themselves.
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance
and Traditional Affairs, Mr Peter Smith, MP said, "It is sad to
learn that the elderly have now had to take matters into their
own hands due to the Greater Kei municipality failing them. It
is shameful that our senior citizens are so desperate to get
things fixed that they put themselves in harm's way in order to
do the municipality's job. This is an unacceptable situation."
Desperate residents resorted to using stones
and hard soil to cover up the cracks as taxis and ambulance
drivers have stated they are unwilling to drive on these damaged
roads, especially when it rains. Residents would then be
required to walk 5 km just to catch a taxi.
"The municipality's claim that its grader had
broken down is an unacceptable excuse for not fixing the roads.
This blatant disregard by municipality of its duties shows a
dire lack of concern for the residents and one can only wonder
what other services have been neglected," said Smith.
The IFP calls upon the Mayor of Greater Kei
Municipality, Councillor NW Tekile to ensure that these roads
are repaired as soon as possible.
Municipalities such as this one which fail to
deliver services to the people must be held accountable for
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative
Governance and Traditional Affairs,
Hon Peter Smith MP, 083 299
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675