By Beyers Smit (MP), DA Constituency Head for Mogalakwena:
Today , the DA has launched a petition against the continuous water crisis in all 179 villages around Mogalakwena compounded by the water scarcity , severe heat waves and drought since October 2015.
Villages such as Ga-Magongoa, Vergenoegd , Galakwena , Mapela and Mahwelereng spent the festive season without water. Residents are forced to purchase 25 litres of water for R20 and those who cannot afford it , shares water from the river beds with animals.
Consistent water supply to these areas is non-existent, taps without a drop, water deliveries by the local municipality are sporadic , and boreholes are not functioning for many years.
This dire circumstances prevail despite the allocation of R5.4 million for the replacement of pipes, particularly pipes that are vulnerable to burst and for the water supply by Mogalakwena Municipality. This a proof that our people are being neglected by this ANC government. A caring government should provide good basic services and repair when things go wrong, as the DA does where it governs.
Depriving people of clean drinking water is criminal as this right is constitutionally mandated.
A DA run municipality will prioritises spending on critical infrastructure, such as water and sanitation, while cutting the cost of the bloated public sector wage bill.
After obtaining signatures from the affected residents, the DA will march to the municipality and submit petition to the Mayor for his immediate and permanent solution to the water crisis.
The DA urges the municipality to urgently call for assistance from the Department of Water and Sanitation to provide water tankers for the residents as an interim relief measure.