Flowing from his second leg visit to the Great Kei Local Municipality recently, COGTA MEC Fikile Xasa announced that he has enlisted the support of the National Treasury to conduct forensic investigations in the municipality.
In the recent past the municipality has been faced by community protests demanding better service delivery in the area. As a result, the community under the leadership of the Great Kei United Forum handed a petition of grievances over to MEC Xasa.
“The forensic investigation will focus on unfinished projects in the area. For the investigation to succeed and yield the desired results, I encourage members of the community to come forward with evidence of wrong doing to back up their allegations,” said MEC Xasa.
The unfinished projects include Komga, Kweletha, and Chintsa sport fields, Chintsa and Happy Valley Community Halls, toilets and houses in Zone 10.
During the question and answer session, members of the community welcomed the investigation.
He added that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) to conduct investigations in Great Kei and other municipalities.
During his visit MEC Xasa conducted a walkabout of the area through bad roads and also came across some damp houses due to overflowing sewerage water when people flush their toilets.
“Houses have been built in what appears to be a wetland hence the area is
waterlogged consistently. Families live in unbearable and hazardous conditions at a great cost to their lives. The situation requires immediate attention,” said MEC Xasa.
Already officials from the department of Human Settlements have visited the affected areas to provide solutions to the longstanding challenges. Issues of water and sanitation are also receiving attention from Amathole District Municipality (ADM) and the Department of Water and Sanitation. The Municipal Infrastructure Agency (MISA) will assist with drawing up the Electricity Master Plan for the municipality.
MEC Xasa said in the context of Operation Masiphathisane officials from COGTA and the Office of the Premier will come up with a plan to establish War Rooms in the municipal area.
“We need integrated solutions to all the challenges to make the desired impact and create a better Great Kei community,” said MEC Xasa. Ends.
Issued by the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Enquires: Mr Mamnkeli Ngam @ 071 685 7981.