Basic municipal services should benefit all

The DA calls on the Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, to investigate reported incidences where water was distributed to Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) residents who are affiliated with the ruling party while those unaffiliated with the party were side-lined.

I gave a notice of motion at the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature yesterday (subs: Wednesday, 12 Oct) regarding this issue, noting the following:

1. Water is a basic human right that all residents are entitled to.
2. That a municipality is meant to service all residents in a non-discriminatory manner.
3. That serious allegations have been made in regard to the distribution of water in Buffalo City on a party political basis.
4. The non-supply of water impacts negatively on the health of residents and particularly women and children.
5. This practice is an abuse of power and unconstitutional.
6. The distribution of resources in this manner is a corrupt and cruel practice.

Provision of water is a basic service for the poor and should be provided to them freely without discrimination on the grounds of political affiliation. This is totally unacceptable and the denial of this service should lead to disciplinary action for those responsible.

Every citizen of this municipality has the right to freely make political choices by participating in the political activities of the party of their choice. They are free to vote for whichever party they prefer and this is their prerogative.

Where the DA governs, all members of communities are granted fair access to clean and safe water.

The act of depriving our most vulnerable members of society, our older citizens, women and young children of clean water to drink is a cruel one. A well-run government will deliver services to all the people. – Veliswa Mvenya MPL, DA Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. 

Please click here to view the notice of motion.

Please click here to listen to a voice clip in English.