Tzaneen water crisis: Reaction to DA’s petition welcomed

By Lindy Wilson, MP, DA Constituency Head: Phalaborwa, Maruleng, Tzaneen:

A water petition signed by over 800 residents in rural Tzaneen, and handed over by Lindy Wilson MP, the DA constituency head of the area, has received quick response.

The petition, which was presented in the National Assembly last week, has resulted in the calling of representatives of the communities to a Petition Adjudication Panel this Wednesday, 24th June 2014.

Representatives from the Wards 24, 25, 26, 27, and 34 have been invited to the meeting, which will take place at the Parliamentary Village, Hillary Street in Polokwane this week. It is an ideal opportunity for these communities to highlight the plight of thousands of people who live daily without access to water.

Water supply to these areas is nonexistent, water deliveries by the Municipality are inconsistent, and where there are boreholes, these have not been functional for many years. Many residents have complained that they are forced to buy water, using their Child Support Grants, at vast expense from unscrupulous water dealers in the area.

The DA is delighted at the quick response to the petition, and we are hopeful that efforts to rectify this untenable situation will receive as quick a response.

Access to water is a constitutional right and depriving people of a basic human right is criminal. The DA have made pleas through various structures over the last couple of years, and these have fallen on deaf ears.

We trust that we will be heard on Wednesday and that urgent attention will be paid to the plight of the residents.

This petition and the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane’s quick response shows what can be done with support from communities.