December 7, 2022

Ramaphosa to deliver closing speech at NCOP seated at KZN – SABC News

President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to deliver the closing address to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) sitting in Port Shepstone on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.

The NCOP met this week in Ugu District Municipality, engaging the community on service delivery issues.

Residents shared their frustration over water shortages, crime and the poor performance of some police stations in the area.

Concerns about service delivery regarding infrastructure, gravel roads and unsafe bridges for motorists and pedestrians have also emerged.

Crime

Police Minister Bheki Cele calls on communities to work with the police to fight crime.

It was in response to concerns raised by residents of Ugu District Municipality in South KwaZulu-Natal during the People’s Parliament sitting by the NCOP.

They are in the province to engage the community on service delivery issues. Community members expressed concern about the broken relationship between the communities and the police.

Cele says, “Relations between communities and the police need to be improved. I’ve heard the CPF (Community Police Forum) groups complaining, we need to fix this, this relationship needs to be cemented, you can’t deal with crime if the police don’t agree with the community, we so we have to come and fix this thing.”

VIDEO: On Monday, communities in Ugu District discussed service delivery issues with the NCOP:

Waterr

On Tuesday, Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu said the government had set aside R150 million to address water challenges in KwaZulu-Natal’s Ugu district.

Mchunu and members of NCOP held People’s Parliament where they engaged in service delivery issues.

Mchunu said the government would inject money to solve the water crisis in the district.

“We will come back with money after we set up the team to solve the water problems. I think the money we can get is not less than 150 million rand, it could be more, water is life no matter where one resides.