Approximately 1 000 households, government institutions, farmers and businesses have been without electricity for four days after a transformer exploded in Molteno on Monday morning.
The Inkwanca municipality has become completely paralysed and has failed to act. We need to get out the cadres and replace them with competent officials.
As the days pass, nothing seems to materialise from the municipal leadership despite assurances by acting municipal manager Themba Mnguni that the situation was being handled and power would be restored by Tuesday afternoon.
On Monday, Ward 3 DA councillor Lindy Haggard alerted ANC mayor Luleka Gubhula and the acting municipal manager about the outage.
Since then she has been managing the anger and fears of the local community by providing sms updates and via public meetings. She also sourced a ten-ton truck that would enable municipal officials to transport the blown and new transformer.
When I contacted Cooperative Governance MEC Fikile Xasa and ANC MPL Mninawa Nyusile, the chairperson of the portfolio committee on Corporate Governance in the legislature, neither were aware of the outage.
The lack of political and administrative will by the ANC to react with speed to this crisis is symptomatic of an uncaring government.
The ANC-principals have assured me that they will resolve the situation.
In the meantime, residents have threatened to call for a toyi-toyi to vent their anger at the lack of responsiveness by the ANC.
The greatest challenge facing the Inkwanca ANC leadership is the decline in locals trust in local government’s ability to render effective and efficient basic services.
The DA will keep up the pressure to ensure that services are restored