The community of Molteno conducted a peaceful protest over their grievances today. The Democratic Alliance finds it extremely disappointing that the MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, was not present; it is imperative that the MEC deals with the grievances of this community as a matter of urgency.
The MEC sent representatives on his behalf to accept a letter from the community of Molteno, stating their grievances. It is unacceptable that the MEC was not present to show that he understands the importance of dealing with the issues facing this community. This shows poor leadership because the Inkwanca municipality has been classified as a hot spot for poor service delivery and a lack of administrative capacity.
Provincial Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Superintendent, Stanley Khanyile, had confirmed on August, 18 this year that an external administrator would be appointed to run the municipality. This has not happened yet and it is crucial that the MEC appoints an administrator promptly.
Municipal workers’ salaries in Molteno have not been paid for 7 months and they have been striking for two weeks; therefore service delivery is slowly but surely coming to a grinding halt. The MEC must stop dragging his feet on this issue and he must prioritize this matter immediately or else protest action in this community will escalate as residents need to be provided with basic services.
If the the MEC does not appoint an administrator within the next 14 days, I will be forced to hand over the matter to the National DA Shadow Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Kevin Mileham (MP), and he will take up the issue on a national level.