Mike Moriarty MPL
Democratic Alliance Constituency Head, Alexandra
The Star article, “Alexandra residents urge Protector probe” has reference.
The article is clearly well-researched. The information regarding the widespread dissatisfaction with the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP) undoubtedly confirms the research undertaken by the DA, which showed that only 7% of residents in old Alexandra are satisfied with the performance of the project. The list of failures is an appalling one.
We welcome the investigation by the Public Protector. The ARP has been the subject of persistent allegations of corruption. It would be interesting if the Protector could evaluate the claimed achievements and make a determination whether the work has actually been carried out as claimed and indeed whether the work should have cost as much as R2,1bn.
It is interesting that the council does not dispute the failures. Moreover, its spokesperson has admitted to “some” corruption. But the incidents of corruption are likely to be far greater than Mr Tugwana would believe. Also, the corruption will not stop until the government behaves in an open and transparent manner and decides to vigorously seek out and stamp out the scourge.
But the money that was spent could have achieved far more. The people of Alex desperately need jobs. Our survey also suggested that satisfaction levels would increase in leaps and bounds if the government just did the usual boring stuff like cleaning the streets and ensure proper electricity and water supply and so on. This is the work that our taxes pay for.