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High Court approached over Limpopo water

2012-09-05 19:23

Pretoria - The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has been asked to grant an urgent interdict compelling the Vhembe district municipality in Limpopo to provide water for its residents.

Court papers filed on Wednesday by Makhado (formerly Louis Trichardt) businesswoman Anne-Marie Kato Khuhne and AfriForum's lawyers indicate there had been an inconsistent supply of water in the area in the past three years.

Some residents within the Vhembe municipality had gone without water for more than 60 consecutive days, according to the court papers.

The respondents in the case are Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale, Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, the Makhado municipality and the Vhembe district municipality.

Attachments to the court papers show AfriForum and an organisation called the Soutspanberg Ratepayers' Association had sought talks with the authorities about the water situation. AfriForum said the municipality ignored these petitions.

In Khuhne's affidavit, she said the water problems related to the availability and quality of the resource.

"Water from the municipality was brown and murky when the taps were opened," she said.

The municipality had until 12 September to file its response, said Werner Human, a legal representative for AfriForum.