THE Democratic Alliance yesterday heavily criticised members of the National Council of Provinces who failed to arrive on time at one of their own meetings at the Tswaing local municipality in North West.
North West DA leader Chris Hattingh said the delegates of the NCOP's oversight committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs, which convened a meeting through the municipal manager for 10am on Tuesday in Delareyville, did not arrive.
The municipality consists of Delareyville, Ottosdal, Sannieshof and various surrounding villages.
Hattingh said the delegates' behaviour was disrespectful and confirmed the arrogance and incompetence of government towards the community.
"Representatives of civil society organisations and the councillors, some driving a distance of 80 kilometres at their own expense to attend this meeting, were literally left standing in the cold," Hattingh said.
Some community leaders left the meeting place two and a half hours later to go to their respected places of work after the "no-show" of the NCOP delegates.
He said the NCOP's and Tswaing council's failure to inform the communities that they would be either late or unable to attend showed that they were not committed to service delivery in the province.
"The DA strongly condemns this behaviour and can understand the various communities' refusals to pay for non-existent services,"Hattingh said.
An official from the speaker's office at the Tswaing municipality, Zane Molehabangwe, said the meeting did eventually take place at around 1pm on Tuesday.
He said the NCOP delegates were held up at meetings with localpoliticians.
The Tswaing local municipality was placed under administration several weeks ago. - Sapa