MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Elderly Suffer Due to No Road Maintenance

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 their negligence.

 

Contact:

IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs,

Hon Peter Smith MP, 083 299 9687

or 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675