The appalling living conditions of over 3500 residents occupying the Wattville Hostels in Wattville Ekurhuleni can no longer be ignored by the Metro Municipality and the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements.
Residents are subjected to inhumane conditions. Raw sewerage, leaking roofs, crumbling building infrastructure, numerous water leaks, dumped animal waste and carcasses, dilapidated toilets and illegal and unsafe electricity connections are but a few of the issues that residents face daily.
The DA has on numerous occasions called on the Gauteng Human Settlements MEC, Paul Mashatile to intervene by working together with the Metro in ensuring services are delivered and conditions improved at the hostels.
Many of the residents feel unsafe as gates have collapsed, all windows are broken and no doors to the hostel units are fixed.
The uncaring and unresponsive ANC government in Ekurhuleni and the province simply chose to ignore these conditions and left the community stranded after their 2016 local election campaign.
The DA challenges the Human Settlements MEC to get out of his office and to stop sitting on his hands and start addressing the myriad of concerns by residents. The MEC must accompany the DA to see for himself the type of on-the-ground conditions residents are being subjected to.
The time for promises is over. Action is what is needed in delivering the essential services which residents of the Wattville Hostels desperately deserve.
The DA will continue to pursue various action steps to ensure that the residents of Wattville are no longer forgotten.
|Michele Clarke MPL|
|DA Constituency Head: Benoni|
|060 558 8309|
|Mervyn Cirota MPL|
|DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Human Settlements|
|060 558 8312|
|Social Cluster Manager|
|076 721 8613|