Fred Nel MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs
The DA calls on Gauteng Premier David Makhura to launch a commission of enquiry into factors causing the water supply crisis in large parts of the province.
During the past two weeks residents have had to endure days without water and, at times, electricity, while local municipalities, metros, Eskom and Rand Water pointedly refused to accept responsibility.
Gauteng is the largest economy in South Africa and the fourth largest in Africa, and Premier Makhura must ensure that it remains thus.
The so-called “perfect storm” of cable theft, blown transformers, stationary pumps and poorly maintained infrastructure, highlighted the vulnerability of Gauteng’s water and electricity supply network – without which the entire economy will grind to a standstill.
The complete lack of backup systems and contingency plans increases the province’s vulnerability, and the reasons why none have been implemented nor put in place require investigation.
The fact is, water pump stations are key installations, and require uninterrupted power supply, with functioning backup systems and kept secure from vandals and criminal elements.
The DA will write to the premier requesting the establishment of a formal enquiry without delay, to engage with stakeholders, and to ensure that sufficient measures are put into place to prevent further incidents from occurring.
The DA will go to every length to ensure that Gauteng does not suffer another major crisis .