By Beyers Smit (MP), DA Constituency Head for Mogalakwena:
The DA is planning to file a complaint with the Human Rights Commission after Mogalakwena Municipality Mayor , Parks Sebatjane failed to provide satisfactory explanation on how the continuous water crisis in 179 villages will be addressed.
The DA met with Mayor Sebatjane yesterday and acknowledged that he is aware of the water crisis but claimed that the crisis is beyond the Municipality’s ability to handle.
These villages have been without water since October 2015 but the Mayor indicated that only seven water tankers are operational out of the eight while four of them are still to be delivered.
The Mayor failed to commit and give time frames with no immediate solution to the life threatening crisis.
Failing to seek assistance from the National Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation is a clear indication that the Mayor is failing the residents of Mogalakwena.
This means that all these affected residents will continue to risk their lives by sharing water with animals from the river beds.
This is a proof that our people are being neglected by this ANC government.
Depriving people of clean drinking water is a violation of human rights.
We will proceed with the signing of petition campaign and march to the municipality to submit the signatures and other grievances to the Mayor.
The DA will further submit a motion to the Minister of Water Affairs , Nomvula Mokonyane when parliament resumes for her immediate intervention to resolve the crisis.