Lack of action re-ignites Kirkwood violence

Vicky Knoetze (MPL)

Zuurberg constituenncy leader and Shadow MEC for Roads and Public Works

Protestors are once again burning tyres and blocking roads in Kirkwood.

The DA believes that this renewed violence has been sparked by a lack of action with regards to a thorough investigation into the irregular expenditure of R84.5 million by the Sunday’s River Valley Municipality.  What is the ANC trying to cover up – what are they trying to hide?

More than 30 days have passed since protest action in the peaceful town of Kirkwood brought the town to a standstill in September.

Protest action was sparked by poor service delivery, failing infrastructure and the fact that R84.5 million was written off by the council as “irrecoverable”.

Shortly thereafter an agreement was reached between provincial government and the protestors that a period of 30 days would be allowed for provincial government to make investigations into the irrecoverable funds.

The 30 days period expired on 23 October 2014 and the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Fikile Xasa, promised to meet with the people on Sunday, 26 October 2014.  This meeting did take place but the people are now demanding to see premier Phumulo Masualle.

It would also appear that no concrete investigation into the R84.5 million that was written off has taken place.

The DA calls on the Premier and MEC to avail themselves and engage with the residents of Kirkwood.  Immediate action must be taken.

The situation in Kirkwood is a perfect example of how the ANC government has neglected the people once again, how the ANC government has broken its promises to the people and is showing complete disrespect to the people.

This community is rising up to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the government of the day.

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