Democratic Alliance press statement by
Harold McGluwa MPL
DA Northern Cape Provincial Chairperson &Chief Whip of the Provincial Caucus
Rietfontein students’ education drowning in raw sewerage
29 August 2018
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape is calling on the MEC of Roads and Public Works, Mxolisi Sokatsha, to urgently attend to the river of raw sewage at the Rietfontein Combined School.
The sewage, which has been overflowing for eight months already, was previously reported to the Department of Education, as well as the Dawid Kruiper Municipality, which to date has responded with only empty promises.
The sewage is already extending its reach to the neighbouring church, making it difficult for learners, teachers and church-goers to participate in their daily activities. Teachers and learners also cannot focus on schooling with the unbearable stench right under their noses and parents and school governing body members have raised their concerns.
This isn’t the first time that schools in the area have had schooling interrupted as a direct result of the mismanagement of sewerage problems in the small town. Last year, matriculants at Rietfontein Combined School were sent home during their NSC exams due to the unbearable stench of the raw sewerage. Earlier this year, a similar sewerage issue, at another school in the Dawid Kruiper region, was also reported to MEC Bartlett.
It is unacceptable that authorities choose to turn a blind eye to poor service delivery by a contractor, who has been charged with the responsibility of
maintaining the sewerage network.
The DA will escalate the matter for the attention of Sokatsha, requesting Public Works to urgently intervene in the Rietfontein sewerage crisis.
Only a DA-led government will ensure that sanitation infrastructure is upgraded and maintained to prevent poor governance from interrupting schooling.
DA Northern Cape Provincial Chairperson & Chief Whip of the Provincial Caucus
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