MEC must address Lekwa water supply ills

James Masango MPL

Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition

Mpumalanga cooperative governance MEC Simon Skhosana must urgently intervene in the water supply problem which had plagued a Standerton suburb for almost 20 years. As part of the DA’s Blue Blitz community outreach campaign, we visited Stanfield Hill in Ward 8 Standerton, a suburb which has been suffering from intermittent water supply for almost two decades. Residents and officials of the adjacent Standerton corrections facility informed the DA that the water pipeline serving this area is more than 60 years old, and is in no state to deal with the demand.

The DA was also informed that the problem had been reported to the municipality as well as the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs a number of times, but these have fallen on deaf ears. Residents and households pointed out that there is seldom a steady water supply, and prison officials spoke about how corrections staff and prisoners are more often than not unable to bathe, washing their clothes, or keeping the corrections facility clean. With up to 24 inmates sharing one cell and one toilet, the possible health threats to inmates are a serious concern. Steady and clean water supply is a fundamental constitutional right, and MEC Skhosana and the Lekwa local municipality must take every necessary step to guarantee a steady supply.

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