Group lays criminal charges against ministers over water

2010-05-07 11:20

Criminal charges over the pollution of the country’s water supply

were laid against three ministers at the Brooklyn police station in


After laying the charges, TauSA chairman Louis Meintjes said

the organisation had been forced to approach the police after Minister of

Agriculture Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Mining Minister Susan Shabangu and Water

Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica, had repeatedly failed to address the


“We want them to act and get the water clean...a snowball that

gets too big is a runaway snowball,” he said.

Meintjes said mines which used 7% of the country’s water supply

were responsible for 75% of water pollution.

He said Sonjica should have acted in line with the National Water

Act and that Shabangu should have known that mining, water supply and food

security were directly linked.

He said the act provided that it was criminal for ministers to

knowingly or unintentionally allow for natural resources to be


“If it’s not the ministers, who is responsible?”

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