Icosa urges Oudtshoorn politicians to recommit to service delivery

Icosa and the EFF are calling for change the country goes into the municipal elections.

Oudtshoorn election registration gets underway. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some smaller political parties in Oudtshoorn say it's time for politicians in local government to re-commit themselves to getting service delivery back on track in the town.

The local municipality has been under administration since last year due to political and financial dysfunction resulting from a power struggle between the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (Icosa) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are calling for change ahead of the municipal elections.

Icosa has accused the ANC and the DA of gambling with the future of locals in Oudtshoorn.

The party's Nigel Everts says political squabbling has trickled down to administrative officials, whom he accuses of playing politics with municipal resources.

"If, for instance 50 toilets must come into that space and I was the one reporting on that thing, we were never get that 50 because we're from Icosa."

Economic Freedom Fighters ward candidate, Johnathon Kowie, claims some locals in Dysselsdorp are fed up with the DA and the ANC.

"The municipality is quite ruined by the DA and the ANC who're ruling it."

Icosa says it has no intention forming a coalition government again, because it was side-lined in decision-making by the ANC.