- Lindiwe Sisulu says the problems in her department started long before Nomvula Mokonyane was in charge
- She says many issues date back to the apartheid era
- For example, Sisulu says that the country did not invest enough in infrastructure
Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu has defended her predecessor, Nomvula Mokonyane, against claims that Mokonyane left the department in a shoddy state.
Sisulu said that problems at the department had their origins long before Mokonyane - in some cases, as far back as the apartheid era.
Sisulu added that the country did not invest enough in infrastructure, which accounts for many of the challenges the department currently faces.
"Our infrastructure is ageing," Sisulu said in a recent interview with Radio 702. "And it was never meant to cater for the people it is catering for right now."
She was referring to the fact that much of the infrastructure developed before 1994 was intended only to serve 13% of the population, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Additionally, Sisulu argues that much of the problems attributed to the department actually arise at the municipal level, according to Sowetan Live. She added that the department was working to solve this problem. To do this, Sisulu said that inspection units have been established to look into areas of concern.
However, Sisulu did acknowledge that "failures of leadership" played a role in the current problems. Nevertheless, Sisulu insisted she did not want to play the "blame game".
"We need to concentrate on solutions," the minister said.
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