By Kobus Botha (MPL), EC Midlands constituency leader:
A DA march for better services in Sterkstroom tomorrow (subs: Wednesday, 23 September) has been blocked by the Inkwanca Municipality as permission would not be granted, for political reasons.
The fact that the cabal has halted our march to assemble peacefully and unarmed, to demonstrate, picket and hand over our petition to the municipality for better service delivery is a clear sign that the ANC will do anything to hide their failed service delivery in Inkwanca, as Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle is due to be in Sterkstroom tomorrow.
While the DA wanted a peaceful march to demand better service delivery, disgruntled ANC members took to the streets today, dumping rubbish and burning tyres in Sterkstroom. They are fed up with the lack of service delivery and accountability by their own local ANC-governed leadership.
The DA will not be deterred and will seek permission once more to march. We will continue to march until service delivery in this municipality improves. The municipal office in Sterkstroom has been open for only 18 days in the past three months and electricity outages are an on-going problem.
The ANC policies of cadre deployment are destroying opportunities for the residents of Sterkstroom. Our struggle for freedom and fairness will continue.
The DA will not take to hooliganism and destruction of property as ANC members did today. Our protest march will be marked by peace, discipline and respect for fellow citizen’s rights and the rule of law.
Bad service delivery frustrates the poor in these “forgotten communities” on a daily basis. It has the knock-on effect of thwarting economic development, which means jobs are not created.