Standerton water: DA to report municipality to HRC

Bosman Grobler MPL

DA spokesperson for cooperative governance and traditional affairs

The ANC yesterday used its majority in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature to defeat a DA motion calling for provincial technical assistance to provide Standerton and Sakhile with potable water, and the DA will report the matter to the Human Rights Commission.

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For months Lekwa has been unable to deal with water supply, which has varied from sporadic, at times non-existent, and more often than not unfit for human consumption.

At the root of this problem is a complete lack of technical skills and competency to maintain the water purification plant, which in itself does not have the capacity to supply demand. This has now resulted in the municipality only supplying water to certain areas at certain times, while in other instances water tankers are used to augment supply – but these are reported to be carrying un-purified river water.

Access to sufficient water is enshrined in the Bill of Rights, and yesterday’s collective decision by the ANC to quash our motion, illustrates the complete disregard the party has to safeguard peoples’ rights.

As a consequence, the DA will report the matter to the Human Rights Commission, and present it with all supporting evidence to assist in the investigation.

The DA will not rest until clean potable water is delivered to Lekwa’s residents.