James Masango MPL
Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition
The DA passes its heartfelt condolences to the family of the three-year-old girl from Msholozi settlement near White River who was electrocuted late yesterday afternoon due to an alleged illegal connection.
We call on the police to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding the child’s death and to ensure that all those responsible are brought to book as this is not the first death in this area due to illegal electricity connections.
For too long the people of this informal settlement have had to endure limited to no access to basic service delivery, while the provincial departments of cooperative governance, human settlements and the Mbombela Local Municipality passed the buck.
While it seems that Mbombela will now shoulder the responsibility and implement the service delivery best practises Mayor Cathy Dlamini and her colleagues learnt in far-away Indonesia, the DA urges cooperative governance MEC SPD Skhosana and human settlements MEC Andries Gamede to accelerate electrification and township planning of this settlement.
Government needs to act to prevent any further unnecessary losses of life.