EFF demands running water

2016-05-25 06:00
MEMBERS of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) painted Phuthaditjhaba red during their recent march to the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality to hand over a memorandum.

MEMBERS of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) painted Phuthaditjhaba red during their recent march to the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality to hand over a memorandum.

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) demands running water from the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality.

The demand was raised – along with other issues such as corruption, service delivery, nepotism, crime and exploitation of workers – in a memorandum of grievances that was handed over to Moeketsi Lebesa, member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for Public Safety at the municipality.

“We demand that every ward gets running water like Phuthaditjhaba and Letshalemaduke have, even if it has been periodically,” the memorandum reads.

On Thursday (19/05) about 700 people marched to the municipality’s headquarters at the Setsing Shopping Complex in Phuthaditjhaba to hand over the memorandum.

The EFF stated that water was a basic service and a constitutional right to everyone living in South Africa.

The memorandum further reads:

“To date, it has been more than six months that we have been without water in Maluti-a-Phofung.

“It is even worse in Kestell, where the people have been without water for eight years.

“In places like Tsheseng and Botjhabela, they have been without water for the past seven years.

“Maluti-a-Phofung is the most affected, more than other municipalities, even though they have three dams, with the Sterkfontein Dam being the biggest, but it supplies water to Gauteng.

“The leadership of the municipality failed to take precise measures, because they saw an opportunity of looting the money of the state.”

The EFF has also demanded that a reservoir next to the University of the Free State’s Qwaqwa Campus be utilised to provide tap water to the residents who did not have water in their homes.

The EFF has given the municipality seven days to respond.

Lebesa has promised them that he would direct the memorandum to the relevant people.

Kgotso Morapela, provincial chairperson of the EFF, said they were disappointed with the leadership of Vusi Tshabalala, the executive mayor.

“We were hoping that he would change the municipality, but the municipality is losing sense of direction and will soon be plundered into bankruptcy,” he said.

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