Hlanganani Gumbi, MPL
DA KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements
The eThekwini Municipality has allegedly decided to punish Abahlali Basemjondolo for endorsing the DA by neglecting to collect refuse in a section of Cato Crest where they are known to reside since the national elections in May.
On an oversight visit of the area yesterday, the DA found massive piles of rubbish which are still awaiting collection. Residents from the area said the city used to ensure timeous removal of their waste every Thursday but since the May election – where many of them voted for the DA – the city has allegedly simply stopped this service with no explanation.
The DA will submit questions to eThekwini Human Settlements Chairperson Cllr Nigel Gumede querying the municipality’s alleged sudden halt of refuse collection in this section of Cato Crest.
The DA will also write to the provincial Health Department to request an urgent inspection into the health risks these residents are allegedly being subjected to and the remedial steps they will be taking to ensure the city continues its responsibility to serve all citizens by delivering the basic services that they are mandated to deliver despite political association.
If the ANC-led eThekwini Municipality is deliberately halting services to this area because residents belong to Abahlali Basemjondolo who endorse the DA then they are acting illegally. Basic services delivered by the municipality are not favours for votes to the community; they have a right to receive them regardless of them having voted against the ANC.
The DA will not tolerate having Abahlali Basemjondolo being persecuted in this or any other manner.