by Melinda Hattingh, MPL – DA Constituency Head of Kalahari
Date: 23 November 2017
Type: Press Statement
The DA welcomes the firm standpoint taken by the Green Scorpions to advise the Northern Cape Department of Environment and Nature Conservation to lay criminal charges against Gamagara Municipality following their failure to address the long standing sewage problem in Kathu.
The DA officially reported the matter to both the MEC of the Environment Department, Tiny Chotello, and the Green Scorpions on Thursday last week.
We sincerely appreciate the urgency with which they are dealing with this matter.
The lives of residents of Mapoteng and Kathu have, for extended periods of time, been rudely disrupted by overflowing sewage pumps, which has effectively soiled their properties with filth.
We expect that Gamagara Municipality, especially its acting Municipal Manager Moses Grond, and Mayor, Edwin Hantise, will not only be held to account for exposing residents to unhygienic and inhumane living conditions but more importantly that this will culminate in a speedy resolution of the problem.
Children are soon going on school holidays, whilst families are expecting visitors. They need to be able to enjoy the festive season without the stench of sewage hanging in the air.
Melinda Hattingh, MPL
DA Constituency Head of Kalahari
082 494 6648
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387