Johannesburg - The main opposition Democratic Alliance on Tuesday accused municipalities in the Free State and the provincial government run by the ruling African National Congress of failing to assist residents with disaster drought relief.
In a statement, DA leader in the Free State Dr Roy Jankielsohn said replies from the Free State member of the executive council for co-operative governance and traditional affairs Thembeni Nxangisa and premier Sisi Ntombela to questions in the provincial legislature confirmed that local municipalities had failed to submit requests for disaster drought relief, with only Mangaung metro municipality receiving R233 million.
He said the DA would submit follow-up questions to determine why local municipalities failed and how the money allocated to Mangaung was spent.
"Questions to the premier regarding water scarcity received a vague reply that indicate(s) that the province has no co-ordinated plan to deal with ongoing water related problems,” said Jankielsohn.
"The inability of municipalities in the Free State to deliver safe and reliable water supplies are not only drought related, but also due to the lack of planning, poor management and no infrastructure maintenance."