The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Free State has slammed the African National Congress (ANC) for the death of a six-year-old boy, who died after falling into an uncompleted toilet.
Reports had it that the toilet was abandoned by the ANC in Tokologo Municipality, Free State in the build up of the August 2016 municipal election.
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On Thursday, Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Merafe Sekwaemang condemned the ANC for abandoning the toilet projects. The opposition councillor said the boy’s life wouldn’t have been cut short had it been the ANC didn’t “create the impression of service delivery falsely”.
“This tragedy should have been prevented if the ANC government cared enough to keep our communities safe, but instead, the uncaring ANC left open a dangerous hole that has now killed a child.”
Sekwamang narrated how it all happened. He said: “The boy was playing with his friends in the playground, which is approximately 500m from the hole, and slipped and fell into the toilet trench.”
Meanwhile, the DA said it will soon call for a full investigation into the incidence. The party also extended its condolences to the family of the boy.
In November 2016, the ANC and DA in Tshwane came into conflict with each other over the death of a 23-year-old Zithobeni man who drowned after he slipped into a trench full of water.
The trench was dug to install a stormwater drainage system in the area. It was reportedly left open by the contractor who abandoned the project after the DA-led administration failed to pay him.
ANC Tshwane caucus spokesman Lesego Makhubela blamed the DA for neglecting all the projects the ANC initiated before it lost power in the city in August.
The dead man, Bathisda Manyisa, was from Mozambique. He was walking to his friend’s house when he slipped and fell into the trench, which was filled with rainwater, and drowned.