KZN government probing water-for-sale scandal

2016-02-18 18:00
KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairman Senzo Mchunu. Picture: Tebogo Letsie

KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairman Senzo Mchunu. Picture: Tebogo Letsie

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Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal ombudsman office is probing a scandal involving the sale of water, apparently by a municipality, to desperate residents affected by the ongoing drought, Premier Senzo Mchunu said on Thursday.

In a statement, Mchunu called on law enforcement agencies to urgently arrest those involved in the scandal.

Mchunu said he was left shocked and angered by the allegations, which he received through a tip-off on the premier’s hotline.

According to the complainant, Mchunu said a driver of a water truck belonging to Zululand district municipality was charging R300 for a Jojo water tank.

The driver, who was allegedly operating after hours, was raking in thousands of rands from desperate communities in Nongoma and surrounding areas, said Mchunu.

“This is scandalous and as government we believe that those who are involved in this water-for-sale scandal should be classified as criminals who are stealing state resources.

"Any maladministration of resources destined for communities affected by drought will be a source of anger and frustration especially for the unemployed and poor people..."

Mchunu said the activity was illegal, considering that KwaZulu-Natal was badly affected by the drought.

"I am calling upon the leadership in various municipalities to take full responsibility of resources destined for the poor."

Mchunu encouraged communities that had been duped into paying for water to report the activity to 0800 596596.

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