By Katlego Suzan Phala (MPL), DA Spokesperson on Women, Youth and Disability:
The DA has noted that the residents of Ga Hlako and the surrounding areas under Blouberg Municipality are finally drinking clean water after five months and thanks to the DA’s intervention early this month.
The residents were at a risk of being diagnosed with cholera after having to drink contaminated water on a daily basis due to the municipality’s failure to provide water. During an oversight visit recently, since the DA began to pressure the Municipality, water is now being distributed to the residents with the municipal trucks as an interim relief to the community.
Even though it might be a temporary solution, the DA will be engaging the municipality to fill all the water tankers that the municipality has installed in 2014. The DA has already laid a charge with the Human Rights Commission following the shocking discovery that these residents are forced to share water with animals in the rivers and streams while others have to purchase water.
The DA is also delighted to note that Ms Ntlhane (31) in Magatle Village has finally received her disability grants after being withdrawn for two years without been given a valid reason from South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).
During an oversight, the DA discovered that Ms Nthlane’s grant was withdrawn but after the DA’s intervention and pressure on SASSA and the Department, she has managed to get her grant again for the last two months.
The DA is pleased to see changes after DA interventions in these matters – this proves that the DA is working to better the lives of all.
We will continue doing oversight across the province relentlessly.