SERVICE DELIVERY FURY: residents demand water

2019-12-11 06:00
photo: andile sithole Protesters block the R33 with stones at the Mpanza area on December 3.

photo: andile sithole Protesters block the R33 with stones at the Mpanza area on December 3.

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DESPITE attempts being made by the uMzinyathi­ District Municipality to speed up the supply of water to the poverty-stricken rural communities on the outskirts of Greytown, residents claim that community leaders have failed them as they continue to suffer from water shortages.

This emerged at a protest after more than 100 residents in the Ngome area took to the streets to demand better services on December 3. The protesters blocked the R33 with stones, accusing community leaders of denying them access to clean water.

The disgruntled community said that after uMzinyathi­ District Municipality bought 20 water tankers in October, the mayor of municipality, Petros Ngubane, in a speech he made in Greytown, promised the community that the new tankers would ease water woes in Greytown and surroundings.

One of the protesters said:“The community is fed up with empty promises made by the leaders. Our local river dried up as well as our boreholes. We have to queue from the early morning to fetch water from the well.

“What happened to the 20 water tankers that uMzinyathi­ District Municipality bought? Ngome residents still suffer thanks to this water crisis,” she said.

Motorists travelling on the R33 were diverted as the angry protesters barricaded the road with stones.

Ward Councillor Zwakushiwo Ndlovu said the municipality sent a water tanker to the area on December 3. He said: “Residents are not happy even after a water tanker came to supply water to the community. They felt it was unfair that every time they need basic services they must protest.”

The communications manager at uMzinyathi­ District Municipality, Nomonde Nzimakwe, said the municipality was aware of the matter, saying: “A generator pumping water was broken, and due to this water supply was interrupted. Water tankers were dispatched to the area to deliver water to residents. The generator has been sent for repairs and we are currently awaiting for a response from the engineers.”

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