Open letter to the President of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma, MP regarding "Lack of implementation on promises made in relation to KSD Municipality" from Bantu Holomisa, MP - UDM President (25 November 2009)

The abovementioned matter has reference. Previously (in 2007) I had brought to the attention of the President (then Mr Mbeki) the state of infrastructural collapse in Transkei (including KSD Municipality). Promises of massive investments were made on numerous occasions before and since then; not least of all during the recent election campaign.

A few months ago the KSD Mayor, Mr Siyakholwa Mlamli, was reported as having attended a meeting with yourself. On his return from that meeting there was speculation that an amount of R5 billion would be allocated to the KSD Municipality to address major issues of water, electricity and roads.

To our amazement, when the Minister of Finance delivered his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement recently there was no mention of such funding. We now begin to doubt whether such a significant amount was ever committed to address the KSD Municipality infrastructure crisis.

Despite the millions that were said by previous ANC governments to have been allocated to address the infrastructure crisis, nothing has been done. The potholes are now ditches. That’s in the city and towns, in the areas between them the situation is even worse. The roads between Umtata and the holiday resort areas such as Coffee Bay and Hole-in-the-Wall can barely be called roads anymore, since there are literally more potholes and ditches than road surface. Nobody in Government seems to care about this.

As early as 2007 Government promised an amount of R60 million to upgrade the Umtata Airport, but to date nothing has happened. When you ask for answers on such things, nobody in authority has a straight answer and points fingers at others.

Another matter that we appeal for your intervention on is the question of R45 million which the OR Tambo District Mayor misspent in order to acquire farms in KwaZulu Natal (which, incidentally, seem to produce nothing).

It is remarkable how quickly money is found and spent when it is for dubious purposes, whereas major projects that will benefit the people never get off the ground.

We need an explanation from your office. If we – the people of this area – need to wait another 5 or 10 years for development, then tell us so. It is immoral and cruel to make promises of development to desperate people and then not to keep those promises; it demoralises people when they are being lied to.

Please speak to the relevant departments and get their feedback, the people of Transkei require the truth.

If Transkei is going to be punished because it was once a homeland, on what grounds is the infrastructure built by the Apartheid regime in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town maintained to the tune of billions of Rands?

We await your response with keen interest. The people of this area are sick and tired of being used as voting cattle.

Yours sincerely
Bantu Holomisa, MP

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