DA to refer Gauteng water crisis to Chapter 9 institutions

Fred Nel MPL

Shadow MEC of Co-operative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements

Water supply may have started to normalise in Gauteng, but the outages that wracked the province for three weeks is indicative of a larger problem that the Provincial Government is not being completely honest about.

The scale of the water crisis has had an economic and humanitarian impact not seen previously in the province.

The DA called on the premier of Gauteng, David Makhura, to institute a commission of enquiry into the water crisis – similar to the enquiry currently underway to examine the socio-economic impact of e-tolls on the province. The water crisis will have a more damaging impact on the economy of the province than e-tolls.

Premier Makhura felt that the need for this was not justified and brushed off our request.

The poor response by the Premier is not sufficient.

The DA will be referring the matter to the offices of the Public Protector and the Human Rights Commission. We will request that they investigate the recent crisis and make sufficient findings to ensure that a crisis of this magnitude can be avoided in future.