JOHANNESBURG - Mayor Herman Mashaba is upset with the Human Settlements department's televised claim that the city was getting R1.7 billion a year to provide tap water and toilets in the densely populated Alexandra township.
Early on Tuesday morning, Mashaba said he has already written a letter to Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to demand an explanation of recent comments made by an official in her department regarding sanitation in the troubled township.
"Yesterday, I wrote to the Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, to express deep concerns in respect of misrepresentations made by Mr Neville Chainee, the department’s deputy director general, with regard to allocations made to the City for Alexandra."
Mashaba quoted Chainee as saying: “The City of Joburg, we give them about, what, R1.7 billion every year which is specifically aimed at addressing issues of water and sanitation”.
The mayor said comment was made on television in response to the graphic depiction of the appalling sanitation conditions in Alexandra.