Letaba service delivery shutdown for overtime pay must be addressed by MEC

By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson COGHSTA:

The DA has written to the Limpopo Cooperative Governance MEC, Makoma Makhurupetje seeking an urgent meeting with her to discuss the non payment of over time incentives to Greater Letaba Municipal workers.

This “go slow” strike is being lead by officials providing essential services such as water and electricity and has left more than 500 households in Duiwelskloof without water and electricity since December 2015.

During the strike I witnessed workers sabotaging 680 metres of electrical cable, fuses supplying the CBD area and water supply infrastructure including valves and taps hoping to get attention from the municipality to address their grievances that fell on deaf ears.

Schools, clinics and business have been badly affected by the sabotage of the infrastructure.

The 500 school learners of Kings Court School could not start their first day of school due to no electricity and water.

Lack of engagement by the ANC municipal management and officials could have been avoided if early warning signs were addressed.

The DA urges MEC Makhurupetje to intervene by establishing a task team that will probe into the non payment of these workers and to assess the damage caused by the workers.

During the meeting, the DA will urge MEC to consider laying criminal charges against these officials that destroyed the electricity and water supply infrastructure.