James Masango MPL
Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition.
The following member’s statement was delivered by James Masango to the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature earlier today.
The Mpumalanga Provincial Administration is starting to set a precedent by providing service delivery through crisis management. This seems to be case as communities only seem to be receiving services whenever they resort to violent protest action.
Honourable speaker, we saw in Bushbuckridge when residents of Lillydale went on a violent protest, when Mayor Khumalo promised residents that water would be by 18 May, and that technicians will work around the clock.
Two weeks ago the community of Carolina protested over government’s failure to sort out the water quality of the Boesmanspruit Dam for over five months. The MEC, Honourable Masuku promised Carolina’s residents that a mobile water purification plant will be installed, and after two weeks the problem will be solved.
Last week the community of Block B near Komatipoort protested violently and barricaded roads. The MEC, honourable Shongwe has promised the community that the department of road and transport will complete the road in four months’ time.
If all these were what the government intended to do, then government must be blamed for lack of communication. If this information were communicated to the communities, violent protest wouldn’t have taken place.
But if true that this is crisis management, then it is trouble.