Free water abused by strangers

2015-09-09 10:00


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FREE water meant for underprivileged people from an informal settlement in Khan Road is allegedly being used by people in business.

Residents said they now have to share the only tap available to them with construction companies and minibus taxis that are being washed there. Fearing for their lives, the residents have chosen to keep quiet about the issue until now.

“My neighbour once went there and confronted these taxi drivers. They said if she does not keep quiet, they are going to shoot her,” said a resident who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Ward councillor Jaiheen Singh said he was finding it difficult to deal with the matter as it was different companies that were using the water. “Sometimes you will find cars with ND and NUZ registration numbers. It is people who are in business who are taking advantage of the situation,” he said.

In addition, the tap is leaking and water can be seen flowing to the nearby houses in the informal settlement. Bongiwe Mbatha said she had lost count of how many times the municipality had been called to repair the tap. She is worried they will think it’s the residents who are negligent.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the municipality’s Water and Sanitation unit did not have any mechanism to monitor who was using the water, but it did send plumbers to carry out repairs. She called on the community and ward committees to help monitor the use of the water and state of taps

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