The Municipality Watchdog would ask the Premier of Gauteng Mr. David Makhura and Ms. Nomvula Mokonyane Minister of Water and Sanitation to intervene into the looming Madibeng water crisis.
This comes after Rand Water wanted to disconnect the water supply to Hartbeespoort due to the Madibeng Municipality failing to pay arrears of about R1.4million.
This follow on the heels of a power crisis last week when the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality disconnected the power supply due to Madibeng’s R40 million debts towards it.
We also saw a spade of service delivery protests were 4 people lots their lives earlier this year and a councillor manipulated water supply in Mothutlung.
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 Madibeng 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 Madibeng 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 food, water, health 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.
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