Govan Mbeki residents continue to suffer despite premier’s promises

James Masango MPL

Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition

Note: The Following member’s statement was made to the Mpumalanga provincial Legislature during the first sitting of its Taking Legislature to the People outreach in the Govan Mbeki municipality

On the 15th of October 2012, Premier DD Mabuza proudly announced that he had signed a memorandum of understanding with Sasol to invest a total of R200 million in the Govan Mbeki Municipality.

The public-private partnership was supposed to aid major infrastructure developments, such as roads and storm water drains.

Yet, the sad reality is that despite this MOU, Govan Mbeki municipality is still in disarray.

As we sit here today raw sewage leaks into nearby water courses from the following reticulation plants: Emzinoni, Trichardt, Evander, Kinross and Leslie.

And right behind where we are seated in Embalenhle, raw sewage flows into a stream not far from here.

In communities all around Govan Mbeki, there are manholes overflowing into the streets, and has become so problematic that people no longer report it to the municipality, because the problem persists despite blockages being opened.

This municipality’s failure to contain sewage leaks and instead let them contaminate valuable water sources is a direct infringement of the people’s right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being, as entrenched in Section 24 of the Constitution.

The people of Govan Mbeki, along with the rest of the province and their fellow countrymen, are crying out for a better government, a caring government, a government that delivers.

And there is only one government that has the ability to live up to people’s expectations, and that is a DA government.