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House fire in Potgietersrus: FF Plus warned about fire brigade

The blame for a fire that destroyed a family home in Kuiseb Street in Potgietersrus on Monday morning can be placed squarely on the shoulders of the incompetent ANC-controlled Waterberg District Municipality.

The damage caused by the fire would probably have been a lot less if the fire brigade had showed up on time and enough trained personnel were deployed.

Less than a week ago, the FF Plus accompanied its councillor in the District Municipality, Karl Niewenhuis, on an oversight visit to the fire brigade in Potgietersrus.

During the visit, there was only one personnel member on duty.

At the time, the party warned that a timely and effective response would be impossible if a fire were to break out in town.

This once again underlines the FF Plus’s view that district municipalities are failing and not delivering the services that they are legally required to.

The FF Plus is of the opinion that district municipalities must be abolished so that decisions regarding service delivery can be devolved and brought closer to communities.

ANC-controlled councils are obviously unable to provide proper fire-fighting services to residents.

The FF Plus will today send a letter to the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Basikopo Makamu, demanding that the fire station in question must be equipped with the necessary fire-fighting equipment and enough personnel to effectively fight fires.



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