The DA will today lay a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) regarding re-occurring water shortages, contaminated drinking water and collapsing water infrastructure at the Mookgophong Local Municipality in Limpopo.
On 8 January this year, the municipality announced that it will have a possible water supply disruption and shortage due to an aged bulk water pipeline burst. The community was told that it would be fixed within hours.
However, it has now been 2 weeks and the Mookgophong municipality is still without clean running water.
This is part of a bigger water crisis that the Mookgophong municipality have failed to manage over a number of years. Many of the issues leading to recent water shortage and cut offs are related to:
liupgrading the municipality’s 14 boreholesli
limaintaining the Frikkie Geyser Dam infrastructureli
lireplacing the dilapidated borehole pipeline in the areali
litraining appropriate staff at the water plantli
lirepairing the aged bulk water main pipeline that burst andli
lifixing the collapsed sewer lines that are now completely blocked.li
In November 2014, the municipality was compelled by the North Gauteng High Court to provide water to residents after yet another water shortage of 5 weeks.
The DA wrote to the Limpopo MEC of Cooperative Governance, Makoma Makurupetje, and MEC of Environmental Affairs, Seaparo Sekoati, to secure intervention following the decision by the municipality to recklessly direct sewerage towards Nylsvlei River. This contaminated the drinking water and further put the lives of its residents in danger. We have not received any response to date.
A petition was also drawn up by the DA with over 3000 signatures by the residents of Mookgophong demanding that the municipality takes immediate action on several service delivery failures.
The DA will not sit back and allow the ANC-run Mookgophong municipality to violate the most basic human rights of supplying water due to incompetent municipal management.
The DA will do everything it possibly can to assist the SAHRC in its investigation into this crisis. We will vigorously monitor the situation to ensure that remedial action is implemented.
Leon Basson, Shadow Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation
Source : Democratic Alliance