The Democratic Alliance (DA) says ANC must take full responsibility for the impending electricity crisis in a number of municipalities across South Africa.
Their blame follows Eskom’s decision to disconnect municipalities for failing to pay up their electricity bills. Having delayed actions to disconnect defaulters in order to give more room for payment, Eskom finally decided to pull the plug on defaulting municipalities.
These municipalities include ANC run Nala, Dihlabeng, Mantsopa, Nketoana, Moqhaka, Masilonyana, and Tokologo municipalities in the Free State and Naledi, Ditsobotla, Lekwa Temane, Maquassi Hills, Ramothsere Moiloa, Kgetleng, Tswaing, Mamusa and Ventersdorp municipalities in the North West.
Reacting to this, the Democratic Alliance said the people of these affected municipalities failed to pay up their bills because the ANC government has let them down through their gross corruption, maladministration and dishonesty.
“This will not only severely undermine basic service delivery, but will also collapse local economies and cause a jobs bloodbath,” said DA’s shadow Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Kevin Mileham.
“If the ANC was serious about fixing the mess it has created, it would act immediately to fire these Mayors. But no action, not even a meagre apology has been forthcoming. The ANC only cares about these provinces when the Premier League faction needs to come out and support Jacob Zuma,” he added.
The DA said it will request an urgent joint meeting of the Portfolio Committees on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Public Enterprises and Finance to see to it that these municipalities have their electricity power supplied.
The DA’s engagement in the matter aims at conducting hearings on the impending electricity cuts, and to determine what plans are in place by all spheres of government to avert a service delivery and jobs crisis in these communities.
Eskom must also be present to brief Parliament on the current situation and what repayment options have been provided, Mileham further noted as he pointed out that the ANC in Parliament have an opportunity to finally take responsibility for their gross maladministration by agreeing to this request.
“Anything less will be a shameful continuation of their dereliction of duty to the people of these municipalities and a demonstration of a complete lack of care for poor South Africans” Mileham concluded saying.