Promise of 100% universal access to water by the end of 2015 is nothing more than an election gimmick

Address by Bosman Grobler DA MPL, in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature, on 06 March 2015 during the Premier’s response to the debate of the State of the Province Address: TLP Emalahleni:

Hon. Speaker

 

I rise to deliver a member statement on behalf of the Democratic Alliance

 

Emalahleni is one of four municipalities that were identified by the South African Human Rights Commission’s 2013 report for violating the rights of our citizens by failing to provide water.

 

Honourable Speaker, we know that this situation has not changed. As I speak now, hundreds of Emalahleni residents, particularly those of Spring Valley informal settlement and Kroomdraai have to gather water at springs and utilise plastic containers to collect water for their families.

 

These springs do not contain water that is suitable for human consumption and people usually have to sift through human waste and the occasional dead animal just to get some water.

 

Honourable Speaker, such inhumane conditions should have been completely eradicated 20 years after the dawn of democracy. As such, the DA calls on members of this house to stop denying the conditions our people find themselves in.

 

The promise of 100% universal access to water by the end of 2015 is nothing more than an election gimmick that seeks to put hope in the hearts of our people, when it is a known fact that is not achievable.

 

I thank you