Municipal “go-slow” strikes continue: MEC is silent

By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson COGHSTA:

The DA is deeply concerned that Limpopo Cooperative Governance MEC, Makoma Makhurupetje is turning a blind eye and failing to act on the ongoing municipal “go slow” strikes in two municipalities that has left residents without water and electricity since November 2015.

More than 500 employees including those providing essential services such as the provision of household water and electricity downed their tools, leaving dams and reservoirs unattended.

The employees of Vhembe District Municipality are protesting against the municipality’s failure to pay them subsidies that was a condition attached to their transfer from the Department of Water Affairs to the municipality in 2005.

The disgruntled employees also demand that the appointment of the municipal manager to be reversed and the Political Management Team removed from office.

In Greater Letaba Municipality , workers also downed their tools due to the non payment of over time incentives. More than 500 households in Duiwelskloof are without water and electricity since December 2015 due to the “go slow” strike.

The DA written to MEC Makoma Makhurupetje seeking an urgent meeting with her to discuss the go slow strikes that hamper service delivery in the affected municipalities.

The MEC’s failure to intervene is a clear indication that she does not care about Limpopo residents and these poor governance and recklessness displayed by the MEC is unfortunately hitting the poorest the hardest.

The DA now calls upon Premier Mathabatha to take decisive decision and to engage with the workers to resolve their grievances to normalise service delivery in both municipalities.