eThekwini making excuses for Abahlali punishment

Hlanganani Gumbi, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements

It is clear that the city is punishing a section of Cato Crest dominated by residents affiliated to Abahlali Basemjondolo who endorsed the DA shortly before the May 7 election by not collecting their rubbish.

On Monday, myself and other DA public representatives visited this area and discovered mounds of uncollected rubbish. Residents told the DA and the media that the eThekwini Municipality stopped picking up their waste promptly after the election. Before that, their refuse was being removed every Thursday without fail.

Since the DA broke this issue, eThekwini has been working hard to spin themselves out of this one.

eThekwini’s response was that the city’s Solid Waste Unit removes domestic rubbish once a week for all city residents and that Abahlali were putting out their waste every day instead of only on  collection days.

The Department of Human Settlements blamed the non-collection on a new contractor who took over on July 1 who has been experiencing problems in terms of refuse removal although those problems were not expanded upon.

Ward councillor Mzi Ngiba was quoted as saying no contractor would collect the accumulated rubbish as it had been dumped in an “illegal dumping site”. If this was indeed the case, then why has the city been removing rubbish from this area promptly every week for years?

It is clear that the City are prepared to punish those who does not support the ANC. These excuses do not wash and are an insult to the people of Cato Crest.

DA PR councillor Halalisani Ndlovu has submitted a series of questions to the municipality over this issue. I am also in constant communication with both the provincial and city Health Departments regarding my urgent concern for the health of these residents and trust that they will take the necessary steps to deal with the health risks these residents are being subjected to.

The DA will do everything it can to make sure that proper serviced delivery is rendered to the people of Cato Crest.