UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

IRONIC THAT R317 MILLION UNSPENT BY PUBLIC WORKS

STATEMENT ISSUED BY TOMMY ABRAHAMS, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON PUBLIC WORKS

It is unforgivable that the MEC for Public Works in the Eastern Cape Legislature, Phumulo Masualle, is being tied up with appointing consultants, drawing up tender documents, advertising and other time-consuming exercises, whilst R317 million is waiting to be spent on road maintenance.

Eastern Cape roads require urgent attention. This Province is renowned for high mortality figures because of high incidence of road accidents. Money is available and there is a National Roads Agency, which efficiently attends to our national roads. All that is needed is committed public servants to use this Agency to ensure that funds available translate into safer roads in this province before the financial year ends.

It is time for slackness to be eliminated by concern for public interest. An MEC must not be permitted to spend half the financial year on re-inventing methods to maintain roads.

Enquiries:
Mr. Tommy Abrahams, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Public Works

Cape Town
02 October 2001