Inkwanca prospects for better services dim

Kobus Botha (MPL),

Shadow MEC for Human Settlements:

I will be writing a letter to the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional affairs, Fikile Xasa, urging him to present a progress report about what he is going to do about the ailing service delivery to the people of Sterkstroom and Molteno.

Seven months ago the ANC controlled Inkwanca local municipality (Sterkstroom and Molteno) was subject to a shocking forensic investigation that has exposed that the ANC controlled municipality was riddled with fraud, corruption, nepotism and maladministration.

The Provincial ANC then invoked Section 139 (c) of the Constitution of SA and an administrator was sent in to stabilize the administration.

It was reported recently that Inkwanca is one of the 13 most dysfunctional municipalities in the Eastern Cape. During my recent two day visit to the area, it was clear why.

I found that in both towns, Sterkstroom and Molteno, the roads are in desperate need of maintenance and the road signs have faded.

I noticed a recently built vehicle bridge in Nqeshi, Sterkstroom that carries taxi loads of people over a river to and from town. The structural integrity of the bridge has been compromised as stone cage support structures are moving away from supporting the carriageway. Click here to view a picture.

A multi-million rand community hall is closed and not in use. According to residents, the contractor has not been paid for work done on the hall and won’t give the public access to the community hall.

On my visit to the airport strip (Marikana), I found that the R 60 million RDP housing development project has come to a standstill. Click here to view a picture.

Sterkstroom school children try to navigate a flowing river crossing to get to school as the multi-million rand foot-bridge collapsed years ago. Click here to view a picture. These children’s lives are at risk, this is shameful! Tata Nelson Mandela once said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”