Mpumalanga towns lose water appeal

2012-08-08 22:01

Johannesburg - The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has dismissed an appeal by two Mpumalanga municipalities which were ordered to supply their residents with clean water, the SABC reported on Wednesday.

The Gert Sibande and Chief Albert Luthuli municipalities in Carolina were taken to court last month by residents, claiming the water provided to them was not suitable for human consumption.

Residents complained that their water had been polluted since January, allegedly by coal mines in the area.

High Court Judge Moses Mavundla ordered the municipalities to provide each person with a minimum of 25 litres of drinkable water per day.

Mavundla's ruling still stands.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-08 22:15

    Whilst this is a victory for the law, there's little governance left when citizens have to take their appointed (and very well paid) representatives to court to force them to do the job they were hired to do. Enough of these BS stalling tactics which are all at our expense. Voters - find or found another party or spoil your vote. It is not a functional democracy when we citizens have to constantly sue for service

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-08-08 23:22

      Well said... When will the voters learn?

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-08-09 07:06

      Nobody claims that South Africa is a functional democracy, only maybe the ANC in their propaganda. South Africa is a country ruled by an ethnic majority that is known worldwide for their lack of intellectual capacity.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-08 22:22

    Another fine f*ck up by the ANC !!

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-08 22:47

    THEY...can't deliver...what is going on with this goverment???? why are we paying taxes???

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-08-09 06:57

      To much pigmentation...for them to steal, that is one of the few things they actually can do.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-08-09 11:20

      Too much money going into offshore accounts.... Not enough left to look after the people.... Wonder how long the money tree will keep on growing?

  • nkosinathi.nkosi.37 - 2012-08-08 23:09

    so the municipalities appealed so not to provide clean water for the residents?, wow that is so bad.

      Active - 2012-08-09 08:13

      It is mind blowing, appeal against the health of people. Amazing.

      dewalds3 - 2012-08-09 10:05

      As long as they have our money to use against us, they will do this...

  • Armand - 2012-08-09 06:54

    And it is the ANC Fat Cats them selves or their friends that own those very mines that pollute the rivers. And most of those coal mines doesn't even have a water license to mine for coal in that area. But the ANC will conveniently turn a blind eye. Rather prosecute the farmer that steal some water to grow food.

  • nompumelelo.madonda - 2012-08-09 07:47

    It was an unwise move marred with arrogance and disregard for the residents inconvenienced by lack of water. I don't care about the legal arguments used in support of the appeal; IT IS WRONG and IRRESPONSIBLE to make people suffer while personality fights are pursued over power issues. Politicians and Municipal Administrators are there to serve and not fight with the people...

  • Dikotsi Ramakhera Petrus - 2012-08-09 08:59

    Municipality going to court for an appeal, over provision of water, to its residents? Which fools are in power there?

      dewalds3 - 2012-08-09 10:06

      The fools empowered by foolish voters..?

  • Dikotsi Ramakhera Petrus - 2012-08-09 09:02

    Yaaaa neh, municipality going to court for an appeal, over provision of water to its own residents? Which fools are in control there?

  • francois.c.carstens - 2012-08-09 09:16

    @lacrimose.wolf - A correction is required in your comment and as next year is election we should highlight this one fact. Spoiling your vote or not voting at all will keep the current party in power! You must have a valid vote and vote for another party if you want change. If you do not follow this rule, the current party stays in power almost by default. If nobody rocks up/spoil their votes the ruling party will stay in power. Get the message out there.Don't stay home on voting day

      Klaus - 2012-08-09 09:57

      There is more to this, the dice are loaded against the Rates & Tax Payer, how can one change this? Legally ?! It cannot be right when Government, payed for by the Taxpayer, takes the same Taxpayer to court, or vis versa, payed by Taxpayers, to do the job for which there get paid for!? The current situation were the NON PAYERS dictate via their majority in numbers to the rest of us is definitely sustainable & must be changed

  • Klaus - 2012-08-09 09:59

    not sustainable

  • freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-08-09 11:18

    The headline is utterly WRONG! The towns and townspeople WON. The stupid politicians from the ANC LOST.

  • petro.bassondewitt - 2012-08-09 17:44

    While other countries deliver space craft to Mars RSA cant even deliver clean water and books to schools What a disgrace!

  • ewanvb - 2012-08-09 21:18

    Is it now the time to charge these municipalities with contempt of court if they do not supply CLEAN DRINKING water to the people? When will an example be made of these municipalities that just do their own thing and to hell with the people.

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