PORT SHEPSTONE– The illegal strike by municipal employees, which disrupted the water supply in the Ugu district municipality on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, has ended, the provincial co-operative governance and traditional affairs department (Cogta) said on Saturday.
“The strike had impacted negatively on the municipality to discharge its constitutional responsibilities. This includes, among others, water provision and sanitation,” KwaZulu-Natal acting Cogta MEC Weziwe Thusi said.
“As the provincial government it is incumbent on us that we nip in the bud any hindrance that could paralyse local government. We will ensure that the situation returns back to normal with immediate effect,” Thusi said.
“It is our duty to ensure that all our municipalities live up to their constitutional mandate without any impediments. We are also appealing to our workers in all our municipalities to refrain from resorting to acts of sabotage when they are in disagreement with their employers.
“This illicit behaviour is getting out of hand and it is worrying that in a democratic country, some workers would tamper with water and electricity systems, thus depriving innocent citizens of their right to basic services in the hope that their grievances would be attended to with speed by the authorities. It is wrong and illegal and it must come to a stop,” Thusi said.
The KwaZulu-Natal government would like to sincerely apologise to all residents who may have been inconvenienced by the illegal industrial action. Further updates would be provided as recovery process of the district’s water systems continued, he said.
– African News Agency (ANA)