Municipality Watchdog request premier to intervene into Standerton Water Crisis

We will request the Mpumalanga Premier David Dabede Mabuza to get it contact with the Lekwa Local Municipality (Standerton)

A glass of water that is not for human and animal consumption, the water also contains sewerage and worms. Picture Source: Standerton Klagte
A glass of water that is not for human and animal consumption, the water also contains sewerage and worms. Picture Source: Standerton Klagte

and resolve this issue as matter of urgency. This comes after sewerage spilling trough the taps of residents staying in and around Standerton and receiving their municipal services from the Lekwa Local Municipality.  The Mayor and Municipal Manager must be held accountable for this mess and a full investigation must be launched into this matter as it is unacceptable practice by the municipality. The water quality must also be tested by an in depended laboratory as it is unsuitable for human and animal consumption. The Municipality Watchdog is merely the voice of the people negatively affected by the non-supply and at this stage, actually in total darkness as to when the problem would be solved. Residents approached Municipality Watchdog with a request to organize the withholding of payments to the Lekwa Local Municipality, an approach not yet supported by us, but seen as a method to send a clear-cut message to the administration and Council that their loyalty (and finances) must not be taken for granted. The Total ignorance to date by the Lekwa Local Municipality, this can only is interpreted as a total disrespect for the plight of residents who do not have water to flush their toilets, prepare food etc. Having the added advantage of being a mother, you will understand that small children and even baby’s suffer the most in such instances and it is the woman who are most upset by non-supply, given their added responsibilities to manage the food and children above their work related duties. Basic Water is a necessity and everybody’s   human right as set out in Section 27 in the constitution of the Republic of South Africa: the rights to foodwaterhealth care and social assistance, which the state must progressively realise within the limits of its resources. What happened to the (Batho Pele – caring, empathy, respect, recognition, value, reward, compassion and consultation)principals, that was adopted by Local and Provincial Government.

• Details: Contact André Pieterse on 082 640 1051, email or visit You can follow the Municipality Watchdog on Twitter and Facebook.

Picture Source: Standerton Klagte
Picture Source: Standerton Klagte