DA rules City of Cape Town with iron fist. Mandela Day Tragedy

The DA says it rules so any attempt by opposition parties to seek redress fails. It will not consider any proposals that may benefit residents. 

Babies living in Masiphumele are starting to die as reported in The Cape Times  from chest infections and the DA has ignored this warning from the Director of Environment Enforcement 4 months ago. 

Al Jama-ah met with the  Speaker, submitted a motion, put a written question to the Mayor, did a follow up question with the Mayor in full Council, proposed amendments to the Budget and made two attempts to make use of the Mayor’s open door policy but the DA continued to ignore the warning that its sanitation policies and responses to the living conditions in this township will harm its residents.

The Constitution of South Africa made provisition to deal with such injustices by putting in place chapter 9 institutions. While the Human Rights Commission sat on complaints gor nearly a year before acting the Public Protector has responded more positively and the Party awaits its remedial action. The Party expects a finding by the Public Protector that the DA kills babies and will come up with remedial orders that will save lives. It also expects the Director of Environmental Enforcement to issue a second warning to the DA to stop harming residents of Masiphumelele and put  in place long term monitoring of service delivery neglect in the township.

There are six infants  in the local hospital suffering from chest complaints, the one that has died being buried on Mandela Day.

Al Jama-ah is now taking legal advice on prosecuting those responsible for non compliance with the National Environment Management Act causing these deaths.  

Mayor and Premier under fire.

  1. ” I  COULD NO SLEEP SINCE SEEING PEOPLE’S LIVING CONDITIONS AND KIDS PLAYING IN SEWAGE. ” (Public Protector).
  2. (PP office disrespected. DA rules.)

A month later the living conditions are worse as seen  after a site visit by Cllr Ganief Hendricks a member of portfolio committee for oversight, the mini Mayor for the precinct and surrounding beachy suburbs, Cllr Eddie Andrews, the new Human Rights Commissioner Chris Nissen and the Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. The Public Protector told the nation that she is dismayed that the ward councillor for Masiphumelele  Alderman Felicity Purchase week after week reports that there are high standards of service delivery. This claim got the Mayor to say in full council that all is well in response to concerns raised by AL JAMA-AH. The Mayor was supported by the Provincial Director of Environmental Enforcement and task team which included Advocate Mowzer of the Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation’s Department. The Director lapsed his punitive Directive maybe under pilitircal pressure. Both Mayor being threatened and Premier threatening have same political masters.

So the question is ” are the living conditions inhumane or not”. The Press was there in full force.

 Who do we believe – the Mayor or the Public Protector. 

Both the Mayor and Premier’s office snubbed the Public Protector’s urgent subpoena to join her on a second site visit. So contempt charges will now be processed. Not sure if they will be handcuffed. Look at lenghts people go. So the Advocate  has to force them now to go on site visit and see for themselves instead of listening to the local ward councillor and once again swop her stiletto heels for flat shoes to march through the sewage infested township. They should learn from kids living there and wear rain boots or better still gumboots.

Th City is aware of the complaints since Dr Palmer the Director of Ennvironmental Enforcement threathened to jail the City Manager if it did put in place a sanitorial service in Masi or fine them up to R10 million.

AL JAMA-AH’s concern is that our kids continue to live in sewage using the Afrikaans term is not nice. But the complaint which we laid is in good hands. The DA shot us down in Council because they have majority. That is why we have a PP chaoter 9 institution. It is not winner takes all otherwise oppression will prevail.

AL JAMA-AH threw a lifeline to Zulu voters enabling them to vote in many parts of KZN. Now we throwing a lifeline to kids in informal settlements. Our complaint is on the record.

Cape Flats kids killing fields

Twenty Six (26) kids have been killed by adults. A Sportmens outfit known as SSS goes from nei

ghborhood to neighborhood to coach kids to stay alive. During Ramadan they get kids to attend Iftar where they are counselled in small groups. 2000 kids are being reached this way and they each get a whistle to blow. Aljamamedia was there to give a helping hand.

to give a helping hand.

But they say all is fine.

Who is right? Public Protector to decide.  The ward councillor Alderman Purchase chair of subcouncil second from left  shows like she does week after week that all is well. Not a drop of sewage. Nice and dry. Shame.

ALJAMA TAKES LEAD ON DECENT SANITATION IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTSĀ 

Throw poo ( human faeces) at the Premier’s front door gets one a top job but part of your job is to temper protests on sanitation harm. Dont however try and do that at our airports then you are thrown in jail. While poo throwers have brought inhuman policies on sanitation by the three tiers of the state  to the attention of the country thousands of African kids rot in sewage  and live in sewage in our informal settlements. Aljama has taken steps to change this by laying a formal written complaint with the Public Protector about conditions in Masiphumelele, Noordhoek in the Far South in the City of Cape Town. The outcome of this complaint will have to wipe out squatter camps. Sourh Africa has no sanitation policy with legal muster except the National Environmental Management  Act which the Party has used in its complaint. The pictures tell a story about the criminal living conditions African kids have to live in. The collage of pictures showcase conditions in what is claimed the best sanitation practices in the City. Just imagine the horror in the other 200 squatter camps. At the time the pictures were posted the Director of Environmental Enforcement and the City Fathers had no quarrel with these conditions. The Mayor waits for  the findings which she expects to say these conditions break no laws. Aljama’s position is that these inhumane conditions are criminal and those with mandate neglecting their duty should be jailed in terms of the Nema Act.

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