We should have heeded drought warning signs - KZN resident

2015-10-31 10:11
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Durban – One of the hardest hit drought stricken communities in the country on Friday shared some of their experiences of the negative effects of having no water, with some saying the problem could have been prevented.

When News24 visited the iLembe District in KwaZulu-Natal, residents spoke of difficulties and hardships, with some claiming they had not received running water for up to two weeks at a time.

The country has been plunged in to a water crisis - especially KwaZulu-Natal, which was declared a disaster zone. Rand Water announced on Thursday that Gauteng would join other provinces with water restrictions.

Samson Majozi, 60, who lives in the Lindelani Township, told News24 the lack of water made life hard.

"I have to walk about 30 minutes out of Lindelani to get to water. We are having a hard time because tankers don't come all the time. When they do, they get finished very quickly. It is hot and I feel ill every time I have to make this long journey to get water."

Another elderly resident, GK Reddy, said the situation was now "terrible".

"They should have told us they have problems. They relayed information too late. We needed to have listened to the warning signs earlier. We have been too apathetic about this matter."

Sabelo Mfekga, 41, who has also made use of a borehole in the iLembe central area comes from Kersney, about 20km from the CBD.

"We are now using the river to get water in the farm [Kersney]. There are no tankers and there is not much else we can do. I wish they could solve this problem. My friends have gotten hurt in the river. There are lots of creatures and they bite and infect us."

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane is expected to speak about the crisis on Sunday.

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