by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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Date: 26 March 2019
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The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape is suspicious about today’s last-minute cancellation of our planned oversight inspection to the Homevale Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Minutes before we were about to depart for the plant, I received a call from Sol Plaatje municipality, indicating that access to the plant was restricted and that we would not be allowed in for our own safety. We were advised to rather schedule an oversight inspection for Thursday or Friday this week.
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The DA smells a rat.
The plant has, or at least is meant to have, safety clothing for visitors. We can therefore only wonder what it is that Sol Plaatje does not want us to see?
We know that the city is facing a sewerage crisis and we want to get to the bottom of it.
The plant has been dogged by allegations of mismanagement for years.
In 2012, five workers died in the plant due to exposure to toxic fumes and being engulfed in rising sewage sludge inside a pump station. There are also allegations about a so-called R100 million upgrade that was planned for the plant, of which no results are visible.
The DA strongly suspects that Sol Plaatje municipality is up to something.
Ironically, a council meeting scheduled for 10:00 today, was also cancelled.
We can only wonder if the municipality is in the process of fabricating yet another crisis, so that they can ask for a deviation in council and initiate another fake, big project, so that they can siphon funds away from capital projects, into the coffers of the ANC. It is, after all, a known fact that Sol Plaatje and Magareng municipalities are used as slush funds, or rather “sludge” funds, for the ruling party.
The DA wants Sol Plaatje to know that we are watching them closely.
Stealing money intended for bulk infrastructure, for party political purpose is reprehensible. Already citizens of Homevale and other areas, must live with unbearable and unhygienic stench of raw sewerage on their doorsteps.
The DA will reschedule our visit to the Homevale plant in the near future. Next time, I will make sure that I am accompanied by necessary experts, to prevent Sol Plaatje from trying to pull the wool over my eyes.
Only change under a DA-led government will see to it that bulk infrastructure is routinely upgraded and maintained, instead of being abused as a decoy for ANC funding.