Freedom Day: A harsh reminder of the realities faced by many South Africans

28 Apr 2021 in Press Statements

In commemoration of Freedom Day, the Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal visited ward 110 in eThekwini. This visit proved just how much South Africans are really in need of the DA difference.

Door-to-door visits were held in an informal settlement in Malacca Road to listen to the plight of residents in this community. During this time we met the Khumalo family who was less worried about unemployment or the inhumane living conditions in her community, but only had one wish of burying their son and brother in dignity.

In June 2020, 150 shacks burnt down leaving one person dead. According to the Khumalo family they have been in and out of provincial departments to seek assistance but to no avail. For almost a year now, their son and brother has been kept at a mortuary in Phoenix. They have not had the time needed to mourn their brother in peace. Instead, they have to continuously live with the trauma of his death.

The DA will be following up with the matter to ensure that the deceased is finally buried with dignity by his family.

No family should have to go through what this family has gone through but this unfortunately is the reality for many South Africans. Besides this tragic incident, this community is in need of the DA difference. They have sewerage running through their homes, broken toilets and the municipality seems to have not collected waste for some time now.

Fortunately we have a by-election coming up on the 19th of May 2021. This is their opportunity to punish the failing ANC government and instead vote for a party that has a track record of good and clean governance.

The 2021 Local Government Elections are also around the corner. South Africans can either chose to continue living in inhumane conditions, like they have been for the past 27 years, or vote for reliable service delivery.