Water shortage a sabotage — deputy mayor

2019-05-29 06:02
PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaAngry Henley community members during a protest on Monday.

PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaAngry Henley community members during a protest on Monday.

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WHILE most of the places are facing the issue of the water shortage, Msunduzi Municipality have come forward and revealed that the water shortage in the city is due to sabotage.

This was revealed by Msunduzi Deputy Mayor and head of infrastructure Thobani Zuma at Henley during a chaotic protest on Monday.

Henley community members blocked the roads with the burning tyres, demanding running water.

They say they have been without running water since 2016 and they have been relying on the water tankers.

Nkokheli Dlamini, who is one of the community leaders, said they have tried to engage with the municipality several times to try and solve the problem, but without any success.

“Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo visited our area about 10 times and he made empty promises,” he said.

“We are tired of him and his empty promises. We want running water in our taps. We do not want water from the water tankers,they can send them to other areas not here. You send us one water tanker with contaminated water that makes us and our children sick everyday.”

Dlamini said when the water problem started back in 2016, they used to have running water for at least two to three days a week, but now their taps have been dry since November that year.

“We have a number of problems in this area but we want the municipality to focus on the water issue because it is a priority. Water is a basic need and we can not live without it,” he said.

Other residents said they sometimes pay the water tankers to bring them water.

They said this is because water tankers sent by the municipality only visit the place when they are at work and by the time they get back home the tankers are gone.

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“If we call them back to bring us water we have to pay R250 to fill one jojo tank. If you do not have money to pay then you are in trouble because they will leave you with no water,” said one resident who did not want to be mentioned.

Zuma admitted that these areas have been having water issues for years. He said this is due to the population that have grown over the years.

However, he said this time it is a sabotage.

“This problem started three weeks ago. Someone disconnected a pipe in one of the main reservor and that is why so many places have been without water. The water have been flowing since then. We are trying to sort that problem out. We have even hired a security guard in these reservors to make sure that something like this does not happen again,” he said.

He said they are working on a process to upgrade their reservors so that they can be able to supply everyone with water even though the population has grown for the past years.

Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo said this sabotage was done by someone who has the information about how these reservors works.

“For now all the reservors are sitting on 7% and they need to be on at least 40% in order for them to be able to supply water. We have also discovered that valves on some of the reservors have been vandalised. We need to sort that problem out now before we can commit to anything,” he said.

Njilo said he will sent two water tankers in the areas to supply water while they are trying to solve the problem.

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