The DA highlighted the recent water crisis in Grahamstown which led to a special debate on the issue in the Legislature and Parliamentary intervention.
The water issue in Grahamstown now enjoys focused attention and intervention from all spheres of government and is a work in progress in solving this issue.
On my visit to the Great Kei last year and Phakamisa informal settlement in Grahamstown earlier this year, I witnessed the dire sanitation problems whereby faeces were being flushed in makeshift furrows next to the dwellings.
I reported these cases to the Public Protector who then launched an investigation into the situation. The findings are due to be released shortly.
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has also visited the Phakamisa settlement to ensure adequate sanitation facilities to this community are fast tracked.
A recent parliamentary question which I submitted revealed an ongoing crisis concerning the bucket toilet system in many areas in the province. <IQP38 Q 184 – Haddon>. Of particular concern is the huge backlog of buckets in the Nelson Mandela Metro.
I will continue to highlight this issue and put pressure on the MEC to ensure that there is urgent intervention into this unsavoury violation of human rights. The DA is working towards eradicating the bucket system once and for all.