Mayor, council of acid water town ‘should resign’

2012-02-10 14:41

Residents in Carolina, Mpumalanga, have called on their mayor and councillors to resign because of service delivery failures.

The community handed a memorandum to Chief Albert Luthuli executive mayor Busisiwe Shiba during a protest march today.
They complained about contaminated water, lack of jobs, nepotism, and lack of sanitation and electricity.
The water is said to be acidic as a result of pollution from surrounding mines.

Community spokesperson Power Mndebele said Shiba and her councillors have failed the community and should step down.

“We believe it’s high time that the premier (David Mabuza) should intervene in this municipality. The tap water is contaminated but they have been failing to supply clean water,” Mndebele said.
“There are many other service delivery challenges that they have failed to resolve,” he added.

Shiba said that the municipality was doing its best and had appointed a task team that comprises all other relevant departments to look into the water problem.

“The water was tested and it was found that the stream where we draw our bulk water is contaminated with acid, which we suspect is from the nearby coal mines,” she said.

“We’ve been sending water tankers to the community, schools and the hospitals while trying to solve the water problem. Other concerns, however, need the whole government and not the council alone,” Shiba said.
Mpumalanga has been experiencing a number of service delivery protests since last month.

Last week, they happened in Sakhile (Standerton) while last month community members in Luphisi (near Nelspruit) and Nkomazi (Malalane) took to the streets.

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