This morning Councillor Clive Napier of Ward 57 (Lyttelton-Centurion) and I visited the Lyttelton Police Station which remains under-resourced almost a year after the Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane was made aware of the problem.
Residents of the greater Centurion area have for months been victim of sustained criminal activities, ranging from hijackings, to armed robberies and burglaries, while the Lyttelton Police Station has simply not had the necessary manpower and resources to protect the community.
Despite a number of dedicated police officers at the station, they are hampered in their work through understaffing, a shortage of vehicles and the lack of safe holding cells.
The reconstruction of the gate house and charge office has been on hold for years, further hampering the effective operation of the police station.
The DA has received a petition with hundreds of signatures from Centurion residents requesting a thorough and urgent investigation into the staffing and equipment shortages of the police station as well as the condition of its infrastructure.
The DA will hand over the petition to MEC Nkosi-Malobane and Provincial Police Commissioner Lesiba Mothiba, and demand that the shortfalls are addressed with utmost urgency, and for the police station to be upgraded
Centurion’s residents need an effective and well-resourced police station to combat rapidly spiralling crime levels in the area
Solly Msimanga MPL
DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Centurion
060 558 8308
Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Jacob Mamabolo and Emfuleni Mayor Greta Hlongwane are misleading the community of Boiketlong with promises of service delivery.
According to reports, both the MEC and the mayor met with the leadership of the Boiketlong service delivery movement on Friday, and announced the government’s plans to bring an end to the service delivery crisis.
During this meeting, the community was promised that:
- A memorandum of understanding had been signed with Rand Water over water delivery,
- That the Leewkuil sewage plant would be upgraded,
- That plans were almost finalised for the installation of high mast lights and solar panels for households, and
- That government is in the final stages of declaring the area into a township.
However, the promises and their implementation were dependent on the Emfuleni local council’s consideration and approval of said plans and agreements during a special council meeting – which took place on February 25.
Astoundingly, not one of these items appeared on the agenda for the meeting and were thus not approved.
While the next council meeting is only towards the end of March, the question is of course whether these items will appear on the agenda – or whether the MEC and Mayor are playing for time.
Every time the government misses its own deadlines, people will lose confidence in the ANC’s ability to bring about a better life.
MEC Mamabolo must realise that the longer the ANC government toys with people’s expectations through empty promises, the more likely voters will vote for DA-led government with a definitive service delivery track record.
The DA will monitor the next council meeting’s agenda to see whether the MEC and mayor are indeed serious about service delivery.
Kingsol Chabalala MPL
DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton
060 558 8299
During a recent oversight visit to Verkenner Primary School in Benoni east of Johannesburg. I was disappointed to see the shocking infrastructure conditions that both learners and teachers have had to endure.
The disastrous state of wear and tear has left the school with; caved in ceilings, damaged learning material, a ruined foundation and faulty electrical appliances- all due to water damage. These poor conditions have caused a very hazardous learning environment for students as well as working environment for teachers. Despite a visit by Education Department officials in December last year, to date nothing has been done.
Both principals and teachers have tried to in improve the school where possible, but their efforts are only a drop in the ocean in comparison to the cumbersome maintenance work that is desperately needed.
I have sent out written questions to Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi and Infrastructure Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, regarding the maintenance at the Verkenner Primary school. Education is a strategic development tool, to empower our children to develop our country.
Failure to ensure that the correct infrastructural facilities are in place is a missed opportunity to ensure that all learners get quality education.
*Pictures are available on request.
Michele Clarke MPL
DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Benoni
060 558 8309