Court orders water for Carolina

2012-07-10 12:30

Johannesburg - Mpumalanga municipal authorities were ordered by the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday to provide temporary water for the town of Carolina, north of Ermelo.

Judge Moses Mavundla granted an urgent application by the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) and the Sibolela Concerned Community (SCC), ordering the Gert Sibanda district municipality to provide Carolina residents with drinkable water within 72 hours.

The municipality must provide a minimum of 25 litres of drinkable water per person per day.

The municipality's mayor and manager were also ordered to engage with the FSE and SCC about restoring the water supply in the town.

A plan needed to be devised as to where, when and what volume of water would be provided in the interim.

The court ordered the municipality to provide it with a report within a month, detailing progress made to ensure drinkable water was supplied to Carolina.

Mavundla said the case related to residents' basic right of access to water.

"I am of the view that, when fundamentally entrenched rights are violated or compromised... the matter intrinsically becomes urgent," he said.

Mavundla said it was not disputed the water in the area was polluted and the municipality's assurance that the water would be declared safe by June was in fact not the case.

Residents had been drinking polluted water since the municipal water supply was declared unfit for consumption in January.

Coal mines in the area apparently caused the pollution.

  • Hermann - 2012-07-10 12:38

    Even BEE municipalities are flops.

      art5SA - 2012-07-10 13:11

      Another "SUCCESSFUL" municipality run down by the ANC..... Many more are starting to show their filthy little heads....

      Wouter - 2012-07-10 13:12

      ALL, not "even"

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-10 13:58

      Its a crying shame and and diss graze of epic proportions that a government can allow the demise and downfall of a country and most once functional public works while still very busy dismantling the last working ones under the excuse that apartheid is to be blamed.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-10 14:01

      Alicia , As jy moet weet , daar is 'n Dr#l in die drinkwater.

  • sean.carbutt - 2012-07-10 12:41

    What I want to know, is how the hell does it get to this state of affairs without being detect by the so called Inspectors? There is something seriously wrong with the way our goverment is managing our Muncipalities and or water / electricity supplies. The even bigger concern is that they, the government are apparently doing f/all about it.

      alan.gernet - 2012-07-10 12:53

      You have NO IDEA how unsafe the water is in SA! So many sewage plants have fallen into disrepair, and in some cases been abandoned. Properly filtered water (Preferably Reverse Osmosis) is the OLY safe water to drink. The Govt. should be giving or water treatment and pollution control a very high priority! Sadly, the municipalities have unqualified and incompetnt staff in many cases, so along with budget deficits etc.. water in SA is now in crisis mode!

  • godesha - 2012-07-10 12:41

    I cannot understand why a court has to order a municipality to provide water for the people. Is it not a basic right to have water?

      alan.gernet - 2012-07-10 12:55

      Even whan the court orders something, the Municipalies often still dont comply. Incompetence and lack of funds are usually the problem.

      art5SA - 2012-07-10 13:12

      Is that not one of the reasons one pays RATES AND TAXES???? STOP paying them and see how quick things change!!

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-10 18:52

      not LACK of funds - THEFT of funds!

  • badballie - 2012-07-10 12:50

    Yes and no, the pollution may come from local mines but the pollution is a direct result of governments failure to enforce clean up operations and water management by those mines.

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-10 18:55

      Nationalise the mines - then NO-ONE in SA will have any decent water to drink and we'll all have to buy imported water from one of the Nouveau-riche owned companies! Viva Sexwale, Viva Motsepe, Viva the Thieves!

  • willie.dique - 2012-07-10 12:57

    Incompetent people in the Mpumalanga government!!!!

  • Henk - 2012-07-10 13:17

    Damn the judges have become the new leaders of this country!

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-10 13:18

    The ANC have no shame. Again, Im compassion fatigued. The people drinking sewage are the very same people who keep the ANC in power.

  • Gavin - 2012-07-10 13:26

    it is a sad day when you have to get a court order to force you municipality to provide you with such basic services as clean water. the ANC are a f'ing disgrace, the sooner we vote these ass wipes out of existence the better, then the real nation building can start.

  • brad.herbert.522 - 2012-07-10 13:34

    Viva anc... VIVA!!! You can be sure of my vote so that the poor sods that voted you in, can spend another 4 misarable years in poverty with NO service or delivery. Viva ANC (Note that anc is not in caps as this is a sign of repect)

  • mahloborakgoale - 2012-07-10 14:01

    Some heads have to roll there. This problem has been ongoing for a couple of months already. Why does it have to take this long for anyone to intervene? Some people are too comfaortable in their jobs to the point that they forget to serve the people who elected them. No one should have to go without drinkable water for this long.

  • cyntay - 2012-07-10 14:03

    it seems like every day there is another 'crisis' that has been OVERLOOKED by the incompetents that the ANC government has put in place.. i think the only way to get the attention of the people who govern this country is to replace their Evan bottled water at their conferences with this polluted filth they expect the people to drink. replace their clean tap water with the same water the people have to drink i repeat myself again give them sewerage water to drink. and redirect the clean water to the people who need it most. Another ANC disgrace. sure blame must be taken by the mines. but where are the inspectors who are supposed to prevent this.. and why has it taken so long ONCE again a court has to order basic services of clean water for residents. its time the world court took actions against this governments 'crimes against humanity' due to lack of proper service delivery of the basic necessities of life. PEOPLE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT WATER!!!

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-07-10 14:09

    The anc has the reverse Midas touch, everything they touch turns to sh#t. ( For those who were educated after 1994, everything that Midas touched turned to gold.)

  • shilulu - 2012-07-10 14:21

    they should get a court order to ban the government

  • tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-07-10 19:42

    Appalling that citizens have to go to court to get water! I would like to see if ANCYL or Cosatu say anything about this one.

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