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AfriForum wins fight for water

2012-10-02 13:31

Johannesburg - AfriForum was granted an urgent order against the Vhembe district municipality by the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday, forcing it to supply water to Makhado residents.

"This is a big victory for us," lawyer for the civil rights organisation, Werner Human, said.

They had asked the municipality to provide water to the residents of Makhado, formerly Louis Trichardt, as the mandated water provider, Human said.

However, the municipality ignored the request. Residents had been without water periodically for three-and-a-half years, but matters got worse the last few months.

Human said the municipality met them on Monday and the terms of the order were decided.

"This order forces the Vhembe municipality to do their work. AfriForum will monitor the adherence to the time frames set out in the order and keep up the pressure on the municipality.

"The order sets a national precedent for supplying water and service delivery in general as the order commits the municipality to reporting progress from building infrastructure, to making running water available to the Louis Trichardt community."

In terms of the order, running water had to be partly restored by December.

Chairperson of AfriForum Makhado, Wally Schultz said: "I think it's a landmark case and it sets a precedent for municipalities nationwide."

Comments
  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-10-02 13:38

    having to go to court to get cANCer to do their work, thats not hard to swallow

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-10-02 13:55

      What's the bet Afriforum will need to get an interdict to enforce this court order come next year March, when the ANC has still not lifted a finger to comply with it.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-02 19:02

      How backwards can the ANC BE. I mean we all need water, right.

  • herman.bester.58 - 2012-10-02 13:40

    Drink the beloved country

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-10-02 13:46

      if there was any water it would be sink

  • martha.thompson.391 - 2012-10-02 13:50

    Let this be the beginning of a winning streak for Afriforum.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-02 13:52

    A Court Order to do their job? Disgusting. I hope the votas take note of this.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-10-02 13:53

    It would appear that the morons who voted for the ANC were happy with the state of affairs. The Mayor and all councillors should give their stipends back to the municipality as they have been paid for doing nothing. No way should the municipality as an entity pay the court costs, but these lazy illegitimates should pay the municipal and Afriforum's costs

  • foxiloxi - 2012-10-02 13:53

    This while Zuma spends 203Million on a house?!?!!? This government definitely has its priorities straight!!

  • denise.wilshire - 2012-10-02 13:55

    This just shows what utter disdain the ruling party has for our so called Constitution.

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-02 13:56

    if only whites and blacks could work together, this place could be so great.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-02 14:09

      Saracen.smith. How do you know they can't work together?.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-02 14:39

      Smith is right @ the moment we are pulling to different directions, n its working for the anc, we are not on the same level, as seen by most, just like a herd of buffalo being scattered by an ailing lion.

      makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-02 14:44

      @smith.you ain't lying man.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-02 14:46

      I notice that lonely thumbs down on smith's comment, gues from who it came from? That oomf, mantashe.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-02 14:51

      Joined by another 1 from fat lips, mthembu.

  • bob.slap.5 - 2012-10-02 13:59

    The ANC are doing the best they can, they just need another 20years to F%^k it up completely

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-02 14:04

    next court order ANC do your f'ing JOBS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-02 14:07

    This is where we are, almost twenty years into democracy and a judge is needed to secure a water supply. Yet R203million, without a question being raised, can be spend on upgrading the home of a leech. Some people need to hang their heads in shame all the time.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-02 14:32

      Not some time, but all the time, lol. I like that.

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-02 14:22

    Hey what about Tzaneen and other parts of Limpopo? I guess corrupt crook Cassel Mathale can answer that one.I guess if Zuma was from Limpopo then everything would be up to scratch,but then again in his eyes S.A only has 1 province and that is KZN(Nkandla).

  • Mike Peach - 2012-10-02 15:06

    Saracen i see whites and blacks working together quite nicely every day,the whites are working and the blacks are striking lol,s.What you say is true though this could be the best country in the world but the fires are being fuelled from the top they send their agents all over the place to run amock,do them dumn ass okes think we are stupid.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-02 15:19

    Northern Limpopo. Not easy for a voter in those parts to buck the system. First one riots, shows the comrades up, and then starts "opposition" housing forums. Even then it's not easy.

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-10-02 16:25

    I bet the Chief-Crook and Incompetence-King, Cassel Mathale, will award bonuses to these municipal f*** ups, regardless.

  • johan.erasmus.5 - 2012-10-02 16:39

    Daai Werner Human ou van AfriForum is glo 'n legende! Nou kan hulle die mielies in Makhado weer water gee! Ons land kort meer mielies...

  • johan.erasmus.5 - 2012-10-02 20:23

    Ek kan nie meer saamstem met wat hiedie Johan.Erasmus.5 hierbo gese het nie. My water het amper gebreek toe ek die nuus gehoor het! Daar is net een man en dit is Werner HuMAN! Mnr. Human, indien jy daar buite is... you are legend!

      johan.erasmus.5 - 2012-10-02 20:24

      Stem saam!

  • Annemarie White - 2013-06-17 07:28

    Fighting for basic rights. Should these not be in place already?

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