E-coli outbreak: HRC must investigate

Jacques Smalle (MPL)

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

The DA has laid a charge with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to probe a possible eschericeae coli (e-coli) disease outbreak in Mogalakwena.

This was confirmed by laboratory tests recently. Residents and their animals were also warned to refrain from drinking this contaminated water.

The DA discovered that sewage pipes were open up to deal with overflow of raw sewage spills into the Dorpsrivier river. The sewage runs through parts of the area where many residents use boreholes.

Failure by the Mogalakwena municipality to repair the sewage is a clear violation of section 24 of the constitution that indicates that everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health and well being.

The municipality has also violated the Water Act 36 of 1988 that is against the water pollution.

It is clear that the municipality is failing dismally to provide clean running water to the residents despite their annual allocations of more than R10 million for water provision and sanitation.

We believe that the residents of Mogalakwena deserve better than to drink contaminated water.

The DA urges the municipality to provide water tankers as an interim relieve to avoid the outbreak of e-coli disease.