7 February 2017

South Africa: Democratic Alliance Submits Petition for Emfuleni Service Delivery Failures

press release

The Democratic Alliance in Emfuleni has submitted a petition to the Speaker of Emfuleni Municipality, protesting a complete breakdown of service delivery in the municipality, and enormous financial losses, and for an urgent debate on the matter.

The municipality faces shortages of vehicles, materials, and skilled officials necessary to deliver basic services. This was admitted by the 2016/17 mid-year Audit Report. The municipality's poor record of paying service providers is also keeping outside business from working with the municipality.

The municipality has ever-increasing potholes, covering its roads, and the Roads department officials complain that without the bitumen needed to repair potholes, their hands are tied. Accidents are increasing as roads deteriorate.

The Roads Department has no paint to refresh and repaint road markings, and the roads of Emfuleni present a risk to motorists who cannot properly drive with roads unmarked.

Water losses, as aging water infrastructure is left to crumble, continue to increase. Last year over R200 million in clean drinking water was lost by Emfuleni, sharply increasing from the year before.

Electricity is also being lost as infrastructure fails because it is not maintained. Last year over R300 million in electricity was lost by Emfuleni, increasing by over R80 million in losses from the year before.

In 2015 Gauteng Premier David Makhura visited Emfuleni and said "This is unacceptable, and we will make sure that your concerns are addressed urgently. We will shake up this municipality to ensure we deliver." This has proved to be a broken promise from the ANC Premier, and has exposed the ANC as an uncaring government of broken promises.

The DA expects that our petition will be processed by the Speaker, debated in the Council, and referred to the Gauteng Province for intervention. We cannot accept this appalling failure of delivery to continue in Emfuleni.

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