MEC must account for incomplete sanitation project in Mnquma Municipality

A project aimed at providing toilets for the residents of Dudumashe, a village in the Mnquma Municipality, was left incomplete in 2013. The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, failed to follow-up on this project and as a result misled the House into thinking that the project had not yet started.

According to locals, the project aimed at providing toilets for the inhabitants of Ward 17 of the Mnquma Municipality began in 2013 yet in the MEC’s response to a parliamentary question he stated that it was anticipated that the project would begin in October this year. Click here to view my questions and the MEC’s responses.

The MEC misinformed the House and this is a clear indication that he has not taken the time to follow-up on this project. This is one of the reasons why the rate of corruption is so high in the Eastern Cape; many have a “free for all” mentality.

When the project started in 2013, it was left incomplete and as a result a new service provider must be appointed to finish the project while public funds are wasted in the process.

The MEC is not even aware that money was spent on an incomplete project and in the process residents were left without proper sanitation facilities.

The residents of this community have communicated their grievances; I have received countless phone calls regarding this matter and it is inconceivable that 20 years into democracy, people are still deprived of proper sanitation facilities.

We call on the MEC to account for the money spent on this project while Dudumashe residents are still without access to basic sanitation facilities.