Limpopo water crisis: DA reports to the SAHRC as premier fails to respond

Jacques Smalle

DA Limpopo Leader

On 19 August 2013, the DA in Limpopo marched to the Office of the Premier to hand over a memorandum of demands on the water crisis in the province. Now 50 days later, there is no response from Premier Stanley Mathabatha or from his Cogsta MEC, Mr Ishmael Kgetjepe.

This leaves us no option. We will today escalate this battle on behalf of the communities of our province by handing the water dossier to the South African Human Rights Commission.

This will be reinforced by daily picketing, currently underway at the offices of the Premier and Cogsta offices.

The water dossier complied by the DA from all five districts in the province contains shocking images of people still drinking water with animals.

Water trucks make just one delivery in 2 weeks to some rural communities and in certain informal settlements up to 10 000 people share 3 communal taps.

This is a violation of our people’s most basic human rights. Life itself is conditional on access to basic water provision.

This is compounded by millions in infrastructure grants which are returned to Treasury every year, simply because our municipalities fail to spend the money.

We will not sit back while people continue to live without water. We will continue fighting until our people’s rights have been fulfilled.