In the light of the violence, looting and destruction of property that broke out in the Northern Areas of Nelson Mandela Bay a week ago and fresh evidence of sabotage by some rogue elements, the DA in the Eastern Cape calls on the South African Police Services (SAPS) to prioritise and speed up its investigations into sabotage by some municipal officials in Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB).
Member of the Mayoral Committee, Councillor Annette Lovemore, laid charges of sabotage with the SAPS over a month ago.
Especially after yesterday’s press conference held by Executive Mayor Athol Trollip, where community members came forward confirming that they have seen people in an unmarked vehicle closing a valve which led to areas of KwaZakhele, New Brighton, Zwide and Soweto On Sea to spend the weekend without water, it is imperative that the SAPS investigate with urgency so that those responsible for denying residents access to basic services are brought to book.
The DA-led coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay has made it clear that it will not bend over backwards to consent to the demands of some self-serving civil servants who have made it their business to sabotage service delivery in the city; both directly and indirectly.
The DA in the Eastern Cape wishes to express its full confidence in Executive Mayor Athol Trollip and his team, and encourage them to continue to take difficult but necessary decisions in reversing the rot of corruption and restoring good governance. We commend him and his team for offering a reward of R25 000 for information that will lead to a successful prosecution of these criminals, and further urge communities to report any suspicious acts in their areas.
Where the DA governs, we prioritise service delivery to residents and we are committed to rooting out maladministration in all its forms.
DA Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson
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