The DA in uMkhanyakude District has written to the MEC for Cooperative Governance of Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Nomusa Dube-Ncube, to urgently intervene in the deteriorating state of service delivery in the District and the unending current water crisis.

Residents of uMkhanyakude have been faced with water access challenges for over 7 years. The ANC has failed to take responsibility for this problem, choosing instead to blame water cuts on infrastructure maintenance and upgrades, an excuse the failing ANC has been using since 2011.

The DA finds this cop out by the failing ANC and Acting Municipal Manager Njabulo Dludla, unacceptable. The municipality has simply failed to deliver quality basic services to residents and the municipality is clearly at a loss on how to resolve the crisis.

uMkhanyakude District’s water infrastructure is not only old, but is struggling to sustain the increasing water demands placed on it. This has had a cumulative negative impact on development projects in the District and the local tourism industry through scale backs.

Of late, service delivery protests have become a regular occurrence, with residents of Emachibini’s Ward 15 having closed roads twice between September and October, with the most recent protest action on the 04th October 2018.

Residents of St Lucia have repeatedly called for several meetings with the municipal officials including the Acting Municipal Manager and Mayor Mkhombo to no avail.

The letter to the MEC calls for intervention from the province, with a possible investigation on the state of the water infrastructure. Time and time again ANC-led governments in KZN are in the business of crippling municipalities, advancing cronyism and not stimulating economic growth.

The DA stands ready to bring about real change that will deliver quality basic services to all. Residents of uMkhanyakude deserve better, it is time they take a stand and demand better services, decent jobs and an enabling economy for business development.

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