By Masilo Malakwane
Qwaqwa – The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the crisis of water and electricity supply in Maluti-a-Phofung has collapsed due to lack of basic service delivery.
This follows the oversight visits by Free State DA leader Dr. Roy Jankielsohn accompanied by Members of Provincial Legislature, Leona Kleinhyns and MAP leader Allison Oates earlier today, Wednesday, 06 October at Industrial area 2.
Dr. Jankielsohn told The Guard while monitoring a various factories that have shutdown, others unoperational within Qwa Qwa that “This shutdown of factories was exacerbated by poor basic service delivery and misappropriation of public fund” he added that Investors were forced to work under dire conditions without water and electricity in MAP “It it unfortunate that the factories in the area had been forced to close shop due to man-made crisis and poor management” he said.
DA leader in MAP Cllr Alison Oats said she did everything in her power to hold Maluti-a-Phofung accountable for violating the public’s right for providing basic services ” He believes that nothing can continue without improved service delivery” she said.
However, DA Member of Provincial Legislature on Cogta committee Leona Kleynhans said Maluti-a-Phofung had broken the South African record of municipalities owing Eskom billions of rand “We supported the idea of Eskom taking over the power supply of this troubled municipality, but the ANC objected to this as most of the money would go to Eskom” said Kleinhyns.
Deputy President, David Mabuza visited Maluti-a-Phofung on two occasions this year and announced Eskom will take control of electricity in the municipality but that has since not been materialized.