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DA accuses ANC supporters of vandalising water supply to contested Ward

May 22, 2018
DA accuses ANC supporters of vandalising water supply to contested Ward

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday accused the African National Congress (ANC) and "its unruly supporters" of depriving the residents of Flagstaff, in Ward 9 of the Ingquza Hill Local Municipality, of their basic human right to have access to water.

"During a protest held last Thursday, ANC supporters vandalised the main pipe supplying water to Ward 9.

"The ANC supporters were protesting because they are unhappy with their party’s chosen candidate for the Ward 9 by-election on 6 June 2018," said Chantel King - DA Phesheya Kwenciba Constituency Leader.

"A letter, detailing this dire situation and demanding urgent intervention, has been sent to Nomakhosazana Meth, Mayor of the OR Tambo District Municipality (ORTDM). The ORTDM is responsible for water and sanitation in Ingquza Hill."

She said that she has also written a letter to Vicky Knoetze MPL, the DA’s Provincial Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, to ask questions regarding the water situation in Ingquza Hill in the Eastern Cape Legislature.

"The DA has noted a gradual decline in the municipality’s effectiveness in fulfilling its mandate of providing basic services to the residents.

"The towns of Lusikisiki and Flagstaff are filthy because refuse is not being removed on a regular basis. This constitutes a health hazard for all residents," said King.

"Issues around bad service delivery, potholes in the roads, a lack of sanitation, non-payment of municipal workers and the unlawful demolishing of structures have been consistently ignored in this municipality.

"The people of Ingquza Hill will have an opportunity to reject this inefficient ANC government when the municipality holds its Ward 9 by-election on 6 June."