IFP cry foul as hostel runs dry

2010-09-24 00:00

BRUNTVILLE hostel residents have accused the Mpofana Municipality of settling political scores by shutting down the water supply to the hostel.

The water to the hostel, inhabited by an estimated 700 alleged Inkatha Freedom Party members, was cut off on Friday, apparently to fix a leak.

In 2007 electricity to the hostel was also cut off because of copper theft and now the residents rely on floor fires to cook.

Sources at the hostel said they believe the water cut is an attempt by the Mpofana Municipality to drive out IFP members living in the hostel.

This is not the first time the residents have alleged they are being politically victimised. Last year, it was alleged that an ANC-affiliated councillor had dispatched his bodyguard to demolish the hostel.

“We believe that this is the municipality’s attempt to drive us out of the area,” said a source.

Muzi Madlala, the Mpofana municipal manager, said he is aware there is a water supply problem at Bruntville, and added that the uMgungundlovu District manages the water supply.

He rubbished the allegations that Bruntville residents are being victimised because they are members of the IFP.

“We provide services to all community members regardless of their political affiliations, and in any case,the water issue is handled by uMgungundlovu District.”

Sources at uMgungundlovu District Municipality blamed the cuts on the residents’s failure to pay for water and the failure of Mpofana Municipality to fix the infrastructure at the hostel.

uMgungundlovu municipal manager Sibusiso Khuzwayo said the situation at the Bruntville hostel is an on-going problem.

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