KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka has vowed to address concerns of Skhemelele residents in the uMhlabuyalingana local municipality who had embarked on a violent service delivery protest demanding water.
Hlomuka engaged with the protesters this afternoon and proposed a couple of options KZN Cogta would be looking at in order to address both the long-term and short-term water needs of the community. The MEC made an impromptu visit to the community despite his busy schedule.
“We are concerned about what has transpired in this area where residents do not have access to clean drinking water while they have the Shemula Water Scheme not too far away. We are looking at various options, which include reticulation of the water scheme to ensure that members of this community benefit as well. We are also looking at bringing in water tankers as a short-term relief measure while we map out the best way address the concerns of the community in the long run,” said Hlomuka.
Hlomuka promised to meet again with the community in less than a week to provide its members with concrete steps to be taken to address their concerns. The MEC was accompanied by the Mayor of uMkhanyakude District Cllr Solomon Mkhombo.
For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokespersons Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403; or Senzelwe Mzila, 082 474 1882