Water-for-votes allegations denied by ANC KZN

2016-06-12 14:22


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Durban  The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is alleged to have been behind a memo calling for taps around Pietermaritzburg to be shut off and for water tankers sent in to give the impression that it was “delivering”, the Sunday Times has reported.

Allegedly drafted by the party’s regional executive committee members, it reportedly suggested officials “engage some of the comrades in the [uMgungundlovu] district as a water service authority with a view of controlling the supply of water”.

Six party members confirmed they know of the memo, the report said.

ANC regional chairperson, Mthandeni Dlungwana, denied knowledge of the memo to the Sunday newspaper, and dismissed the allegations.

News24 in April reported the eThekwini municipality had instituted night time water cuts in large parts of Durban to ease pressure on KwaZulu-Natal’s dams during the drought.

Natural phenomena

Residents and businesses in areas supplied by the Midmar and Albert Falls dams were warned of “ongoing interrupted water supply” until there was sufficient rainfall to start filling up the water sources.

A state of disaster was declared in eight provinces, up from the previous five provinces.

Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen said the drought conditions experienced in most parts of the country were the result natural phenomena characterised by below normal rainfalls and increased maximum temperatures and heatwaves.

Gauteng was the only exception.

Read more on:    anc  |  pietermaritzburg  |  politics  |  weather  |  drought  |  natural disasters  |  water  |  local elections 2016

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