ANC’s blocking of service delivery march politically motivated - DA

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has accused the Inkwanca Local Municipality, in the bigger Chris Hani District Municipality, of blocking a planned service delivery march in Sterkstroom tomorrow for “political reasons”.

In a statement, Housing, Transport and Local Government MPL, Kobus Botha, said the blocking was mainly due to Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, conducting a visit in the area tomorrow, adding that that the municipality’s refusal to accept a petition is “a clear sign that the ANC will do anything to hide failed service delivery”.

“While the DA wanted a peaceful march to demand better service delivery, disgruntled ANC members took to the streets today, dumping rubbish and burning tyres in Sterkstroom,” Botha said.

He also stated that the municipal offices had only been open for 18 days during the last three months, and that electricity cuts had become the norm in the town.

“The ANC’s policies of cadre deployment are destroying opportunities for the residents of Sterkstroom. We will not take to hooliganism and destruction of property as ANC members did today. Our protest march will be marked by peace, discipline and respect for fellow citizen’s rights and the rule of law,” Botha added.

“Bad service delivery frustrates the poor in these “forgotten communities” on a daily basis.  It has the knock-on effect of thwarting economic development, which means jobs are not created”.