George Mari, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements
The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal will take COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube and provincial Human Settlements MEC, Ravi Pillay to task over the failure to deliver a single new toilet in the province as part of an initiative to improve sanitation levels.
The figure was disclosed by the national Human Settlements Department during a presentation to the national Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements.
As at 31 October 2012, not one toilet had been completed in KZN. The figures for other provinces are;
* Eastern Cape – 1649 * Free State – 132 * Mpumalanga – 868 * North West – 394
The figure is appalling given the shocking sanitation conditions in so many communities within the province.
Failure to provide adequate sanitation impinges on the dignity of residents, who are forced to continue using the unhygienic bucket system or pits in the ground, placing their health at risk. Promises that these systems will soon be eradicated are highly unlikely if this is how the department delivers.
On 5 February 2013, I submitted written parliamentary questions to MEC Dube on the on-going use of the “bucket system in the province. That was more than a month ago. Yet I have still not received a reply despite the rule that MEC’s respond within two weeks.
If this is the pace at which the department replies to a simple set of questions, then it is little wonder that actual delivery levels have deteriorated to such an extent.
The DA will hold both MEC’s to account for their departments’ dismal performances and for failing to deliver on what is a major priority across every KZN municipality.