Free State Water Crisis: DA marches to COGTA MEC

Patricia Kopane MP

DA Leader in the Free State

Last week, Friday, the DA led a protest march to the COGTA MEC’s office to submit a memorandum demanding immediate action on the province’s continuous water crises.

This follows after a survey by DA representatives revealed that 26 towns in the Free State either had no water at all, limited access to water, or safety problems with water hygiene.

Hundreds of DA supporters marched to the provincial offices to demand a resolution to the ongoing water crises.

MEC Olly Mlamleli was unavailable to receive the memorandum. The MEC dispatched her Acting Head of Department, Mr Mokete Duma, instead. This demonstrates the uncaring and arrogant approach the government of Premier Ace Magashule have towards the people’s suffering.

The HRC found numerous municipalities in the province guilty of contravening Human Rights such as the rights to dignity, privacy and security of person, the rights to a clean environment and health, and access to information.

The DA will take the following steps to ensure that our people get access to safe, clean, sustained water supply without further delay:

  • Mr Peter Frewen (MPL) will table a notice of motion to debate the Free State water crises in the Provincial Legislature at its next sitting;
  • Mr Peter Frewen will also write to the chair of the Cogta and Human Settlements Committee to summon MEC Mlamleli to appear before it in order to set out her department’s strategy to address the water crises in the province;
  • Ms Patricia Kopane (MP) will write to the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa and the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Lechesa Tsenoli to ascertain the programmes that national departments have in order to intervene in the province to alleviate the effects of the water crises and to fast track immediate remedial programmes;
  • Report the Free State Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements to the Human Rights Commission for failure to address the continued violation of people’s right to water as enshrined in the Constitution.

The DA remains committed to ensuring that all our people have access to quality basic services such as water, electricity and sanitation.