UDM applauds De Lille

Kamva Mokoena

Kamva Mokoena

The United Democratic Movement is prepared to collaborate with the Independent Democrats to root out corruption and fraud in all Eastern Cape municipalities.

Spokesman Max Mhlathi was reacting after a visit to the area by ID leader Patricia de Lille.

De Lille vowed to extend the scope of her work to stamping out corruption and fraud in the province.

She also said she would table her concerns in parliament next month.

She said this after she visited Mount Frere and impoverished rural villages of Umtata.

De Lille's visit was to observe the challenges faced by rural communities in the Eastern Cape, which is ravaged by a high rate of corruption, fraud, unemployment, crime, Aids and poverty.

"We applaud De Lille," Mhlathi said. "She now has valid evidence that the Eastern Cape is suffering.

"Her findings are in keeping with our reports to the president about the poor state of the province. We are prepared to work with De Lille."

De Lille's visit to the province began last week.

She said: "I have come from the Umtata region with the sense that delivery is moving at a snail's pace owing to problems of corruption and poor governance.

"But I was shocked to see that some areas do not even benefit from the government's basic facilities such as electricity, water and sanitation and even the bucket system does not exist."