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'Rural poor sharing drinking water with animals' claims DA

Jul 10, 2018
'Rural poor sharing drinking water with animals' claims DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) Caucus in the OR Tambo District Municipality says it recently conducted an oversight inspection at Ndlunkulu Village in the King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality where it found residents sharing drinking water with animals.

"During the inspection, residents of this village informed us that they have to collect filthy river water as the tank providing clean water to them, has been empty since it was built in 2008," described Tembalihle Xangayi - a Councillor at the OR Tambo District Municipality.

"This particular river is littered with filth and used diapers and is shared with animals."

Xangayi said that the villages in Madwaleni, Mamalisa, Mnqanda and Gqaqhala in King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality, are also still without the basic rights off access to sufficient, clean drinking water.

"In fact, they must also make use of rivers, dams and stagnant water which are contaminated by garbage and sewage.

"The district municipality is responsible for the water supply to the King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality. I will write to Nomakhosazana Meth, OR Tambo District Municipality Mayor, and request her urgent intervention in this dire situation," he described.

"My colleague in the provincial legislature, Vicky Knoetze MPL, Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), has written to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) (see letter here) requesting urgent intervention.

"In April 2018 she also submitted questions regarding the water situation in the King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality for written reply to Fikile Xasa, the Eastern Cape MEC for COGTA, but received no response."

Xangayi said that everyone has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and this basic human right is being denied.

"According to the Constitution of South Africa, every person also has the right to clean water," he said.

"The residents of the OR Tambo District Municipality are fed-up with the ANC’s record of poor service delivery and bad governance."