Govt given 24 hours to solve bus rank saga
LOBAMBA – The House of Assembly yesterday gave government an ultimatum of 24 hours to solve the problems surrounding the Manzini Satellite Bus Rank.
Members of Parliament (MPs) were in unison in their call to an end to the hullaballoo over the bus rank that has thrown the public transport industry into disarray.
Public transport workers have engaged in an 11-day strik
e action that has seen commuters stranded.
This matter was first raised by Lugongolweni MP Joseph Souza, on a motion of privilege, saying the country’s masses who depend on public transport were suffering in all four regions.
"Pupils cannot go to school, adults cannot go to work and so on because there is no transport. What are we really doing as Parliament about this?
"This is why we, as legislators. must give government 24 hours to solve this matter.
"Government must play its role here," said Souza, who runs a public transport business.
He feared that if nothing was done soon to solve the situation, it would lead to far worse things.
He added: "We can’t let our children end up getting raped because they are stranded at dusk as there is no transport."
MP Meninjeli Mahlalela seconded Souza and revealed his suspicions that there are people who have died because they could not be transported to medical centres on time because there were no kombis and buses.
He said those who lived in the eastern part of the country were most affected, and also expressed his worry that the whole matter had already been infiltrated by opportunists.
MP Nkhululeko Mbhamali not only echoed the words of his colleagues, but also revealed his experience of coming across a ‘roadblock’ mounted by bus conductors and drivers in Mambane using logs.
"The operators told me the road was bad, but I got the feeling that this was not the case and they were doing it as part of the strike. They forced me to drop off my passengers including the sick. I’ve never witnessed this before," said the MP. MP Jennifer Du Pont related her experience of coming across burnt tyres on the road between Luve and Dvokolwako.
She was touched by a group of about 20 girls from Luve High School who were forced to walk home at dusk because there was no transport.
"I’m afraid of rapists and ritual killers out there," she said.
In response, Lindiwe Dlamini, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, sought direction from the House since a court order had already been issued on this matter and did not want to appear going against it.
Nonetheless, she was asked to do as asked by the House and return on Monday with a report. The House will decide the next step from there.
Who so ever has to solve this problem, has to do it within the 24 hours. One wonders as to why is the nation made to suffer just because some people are lacking management skills and abilities. First it was the Lubombo to go to the bus rank and I wondered as to how are they going carry the goods down there. Getting water from a tap must make any manager think that there is no one getting water from dirty streams. Now we are faced with cases where we have to discipline employees for coming late- tell me where does one start doing that considering that the employees had no option and did not intended to be late while on the other hand business states that they are late. If crippling production, so does salaries. DOES ANYONE SEE HOW FAR THIS GOES?
Jun 1, 2012, 9:20 AM, Thabiso Mkhonta (firstname.lastname@example.org )
- THE DAY HAS COME
- ‘CHIEFTAINCY DISPUTE TO BLAME FOR SCHOOL TROUBLES’
- KEEPING YOUR FLOWERS FRESH FOR LONGER THIS FESTIVE SEASON
- SUGAR DIABETES: A ‘SILENT KILLER’
- MUSIC TAKES OVER DJ LOLO’S LIFE