Five months of no water in Qibing owing to poor planning

Peter Frewen MPL

DA Spokesperson for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will discuss the on-going water problems experienced in Qibing in Wepener (Naledi Municipality) with the Department of Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements (COGTAH).

Since October 2012, resident of Qibing have not had adequate access to water in the community.

It appears that, as a result of poor planning of infrastructure by COGTAH, the recently built houses have no water supply.

Surely, COGTAH should have made provision for water infrastructure before embarking on housing projects.

As result, residents are expected to walk long distances to get water.

An investigation by the DA also indicated that there are only two Jo-Jo tanks available to supply water to the whole of Qhibing.

Once again, the ANC is showing little respect for the Human Right to access a reliable source of water in our communities where it is urgently needed.

This is evident in other towns in the Xhariep District such as Dewetsdorp, Smithfiled, Fauresmith and Jagersfontein, where communities across the spectrum are being denied theit right to water.

The DA will request COGTAH to attend to the matter urgently and implement corrective measures.

It is unacceptable that the provincial government does not deliver the freedom and promises of our democracy to residents of Qhibing, who remain marginalised without access to basic services.

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