North West Premier Thandi Modise has instructed Madibeng Local Municipality to redirect water to Majakaneng community for it to access water from their taps within the next 24 hours.
“The valve that has been directing water to the nearby mine instead of the community should be opened to redirect it to the disgruntled Majakaneng community,” she said on Sunday.
In appealing to the community to give the intervention in Madibeng Municipality a chance, Premier Modise assured the community that had been rioting since Thursday that three boreholes will be commissioned within the next seven days to augment the supply of water to the area.
Like the Mothotlung community, the disgruntled residents rejected water tankering which they alleged is part of the fraudulent tender associated with corruption.
“Violent protest and chaos will only serve to disrupt the momentum of interventions aimed at getting service delivery that was negatively affected by fraud and corruption within your municipality back on track,” said the Premier.
Modise said that the intervention is part of the over R2 billion water project implementation plan set aside to address water challenges across the province.
In terms of the plan, R300 million is earmarked for water projects to communities experiencing problems with water provision within the jurisdiction of Madibeng Local Municipality.
Premier Modise was accompanied by the Executive Mayor of Madibeng, Matshediso Mangoathe and Members of the recently established Provincial Executive Council Task team overseeing interventions in municipalities, MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs,Manketse Tlhape, MEC for Finance, Paul Sebegoe, MEC for Human Settlement-Public Safety and Liaison, Nono Maloyi,
In her address to community leaders in Koster in the late afternoon, Modise also assured them that allegations of fraud, corruption and nepotism service levelled Kgetleng RivierLocal Municipality would be investigated. Premier Modise is scheduled to meet with Madibeng Council on Monday morning and thereafter address rioting Hebron residents in the afternoon.