GEORGE MARI, MPP
DA KZN SPOKESPERSON FOR CO-OPERATIVE GOVERNANCE AND TRADITIONAL AFFAIRS
A NUMBER of water purification plants purchased by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Co-operative Governance, and which form part of the Three Amigo’s allegedly dodgy procurement deals, are still lying in storage after almost four years.
The information came to light at a COGTA portfolio meeting late last week, with a further revelation that the purification plants have rusted and will have to be re-coated before they can be utilised. At the same meeting, department officials also disclosed that the installation sites for the purification plants remain unknown.
Given the department’s track record, this does not come as any great surprise. It does, however, beg the question – why were expensive purification plants purchased when there was no clear plan for their installation?
It is unacceptable that these purification plants have been allowed to sit in storage for so long when they could have been put to good use purifying water within rural communities, where residents are forced to share drinking water from rivers with livestock. The DA has requested a full report at the next portfolio committee meeting.
We want to know how many purification plants are in storage, where they will be installed and when.
We have also asked that the purification plants be secured so that they do not simply disappear – as in the case of the mammogram machine which was procured at massive cost to provincial government in yet another crooked deal.