25 February 2013
National Treasury must fast track the process
of granting funds to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Municipality
to be used in the eradication of the demeaning bucket system in
Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth.
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance
and Traditional Affairs, Mr Peter Smith MP said, "The Bucket
system is an insult to Walmer residents after 18 years of
democracy. These residents have never ever tasted the fruits of
democracy; their government has neglected them. Government must
provide basic services to all residents. This situation is
totally inhumane and requires urgent redress."
"It also raises more questions than answers
why it has taken so long for the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to
seek additional funds to eradicate the bucket system and what
the provincial department of co-operative governance has done or
not done as the case may be in assisting the municipality with
this problem. Is it because of mismanagement or insufficient
budget? This must be investigated and the people responsible
held accountable. What is however abundantly clear, is that the
ANC government is once again failing the people of South
Africa," said Smith.
The IFP calls on the MEC for Co-operative
Governance, Mlibo Qoboshiyane and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro
Municipal Mayor, Zanoxolo Wayile to work together and come up
with a quick solution to this disaster. Furthermore, a change of
leadership in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is imperative as the
current leadership is a total failure.
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative
Governance and Traditional Affairs,
Mr Peter Smith, MP, 083 299
IFP Parliamentary Caucus Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675