Mpumalanga Water – A crisis in the making

Bosman Grobler MPL

DA spokesperson for cooperative governance and traditional affairs

The inability of ANC-run municipalities to provide residents with a continuous and reliable supply of portable drinking water is a crisis in the making.

The DA takes note of the protest action held by residents of Mzinti in the Nkomazi Local District Municipality.

According to reports, residents are becoming increasingly impatient with the municipality’s failure to provide them with water and electricity. As a result residents have now taken their grievances to the streets.

While the DA condemns violence in any form, we cannot fault the residents for their frustrations with a municipality that cannot supply them with the most basic of services, and as the water crisis escalates to all parts of the province more service delivery protests are an almost certainty.

Access to sufficient water is a basic human right enshrined in the Bill of Rights, a right that the ANC government does not take seriously. Indeed the inability of the ANC to honour this human right substantiates the notion that the ANC itself has become the new oppressor of human rights in our province.

Similarly, the DA has been alerted to a notice issued to the residents of Kriel (Emalahleni municipality) that they will be without water from 29 September until 17 October 2014. The impact of such a prolonged water shortage will be severe. No individual, family, school, community or business can function without any water supply for this period of time.

Despite efforts by the DA to address this matter with the MEC, Refilwe Mtsweni, she has to date failed to respond to our requests.

The water problems in Mpumalanga are now reaching epic proportions.  The DA will again approach the MEC to take immediate action. The DA will not rest until clean water is available to all Mpumalanga’s residents.