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Damaged vehicles depriving Koukamma residents of basic services: DA

Jul 16, 2018
Damaged vehicles depriving Koukamma residents of basic services: DA

The state of municipal vehicles in the Koukamma Local Municipality has caused an alarming decline in service delivery, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says.

"During an oversight inspection to the municipal storage yard in Joubertina, I came across five essential municipal vehicles in total disrepair," explained Malcolm Figg MP - DA Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency Leader. 

"These vehicles include three bakkies, one garbage removal truck and a grader used in the repair of roads. A trailer, also used for garbage removal, is also in a broken down state."

He said that some of the bakkies are without wheels and have been in disrepair for long enough to be overgrown by grass.

"On Thursday, 12 July, residents of Rivina in Koukamma took to the streets to demonstrate their disapproval of the abhorrent delivery of services by the Municipality," Figg added.

"These residents are sick and tired of the current situation and know that only a DA governed municipality can save Koukamma from implosion."

He said that he will escalate this matter to Vicky Knoetze MPL, DA Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), to ask questions in the Bhisho Legislature regarding this situation.

"The ANC government in the Koukamma Municipality has a long record of poor service delivery and bad governance and that is why the residents are ready for change under a DA-led government," Figg said.