Limpopo town challenged over water

2013-05-16 22:07


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Johannesburg - A court application to compel the Vhembe district municipality in Limpopo to provide water in the area was underway on Thursday afternoon, a lawyer for AfriForum said.

"We want water in Louis Trichardt [Makhado]," said Werner Human during a break in proceedings.

The civil rights group brought the urgent application, claiming non-compliance, in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

It alleges the district municipality, which covers towns in northern Limpopo, failed to provide water to Makhado residents in terms of an earlier court order.

"The purpose of the application is to obtain an order against the municipal manager of the Vhembe municipality, Mr Masala Makumule, so that he can enforce the order and provide water to the residents of Louis Trichardt," AfriForum said.

Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela found the case was urgent and said it could be heard on Thursday, Human said.

He said a calendar kept of water disruptions recorded breaks in supply of more than seven days in a row, which was against the Water Services Act.

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