The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Mandeni local municipality has written to the Municipal Manager, Sizwe Khuzwayo, to request that he immediately implements a plan of action following the Durban’s High Court Ruling that they enforce by-laws prohibiting drinking on beaches and public spaces.
This after the Tugela Mouth Ratepayers’ Association took the municipality and the South African Police Services (SAPS) in the area, to court for failing their constitutional obligation of keeping the area safe and clean. As a result, businesses near the main beach, which is a huge tourist attraction, have had to close down. This has had a negative impact on the local economy.
It is unfortunate that courts have had to intervene to get the municipality to fulfil its mandate. Even more disheartening is the fact that ratepayers have had to use their finances to obtain a court ruling to enforce the municipality to take action. . For years we have been living in unbearable conditions due to the lack of proper monitoring, reviewing, and implementing by-laws of council.
Had effective law enforcement taken place this incident would have never happened. The municipality has skips but have failed to ensure that people use these facilities.
As the DA we have constantly raised the matter in council but our calls have been ignored.
Residents of Mandeni deserve a government that is committed to creating and promoting a safe and clean environment. They should be focused on realising and maintaining our local economy boosters.
This ANC-led municipality has time and again failed to deliver on its promises.
In the upcoming Local Government Elections residents have an opportunity to vote out the ANC and instead vote for a party dedicated to quality service delivery.
Proven where we govern only the DA is capable of bringing about this change.