committee on Water and Sanitation scheduled to consider the drought was
adjourned by the chairperson, Mlungisi Johnson who instead of pressing the
department on its plans to mitigate the crisis opted to close the meeting and
join the NEHAWU protest on Parliament’s precinct.
To make matters even
worse, the Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyana did not attend
the meeting, at present several provinces are at serious risk of starvation,
due to food shortages.
Thousands of job losses are expected, as farms
are unable to yield crops, Farmers in Kwa Zulu Natal have already reported to
have lost 30 000 heads of cattle alone this year as a result of the province’s
driest year in over a century, subsistence farmers are expected lose 60% of
their herds within the next few weeks.
DA spokesperson Samkelo
Mgobozi added that “The DA will write to
the leader of Government Business, Cyril Ramaphosa, to demand an explanation as
to why Mininster Mokonyane is displaying poor leader and why she was allowed to
travel overseas with him on his visit to Iran, furthermore the DA will be
writing to the chairperson of Committee chairs,Cedrick Frolick, requesting that
he investigate chairperson Johnson decision to shut down such an important
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