Water complaints flood SAHRC

2013-03-03 13:36

Johannesburg - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has received 144 complaints in the past two years about problems with the quality and supply of water, the Sunday Independent reported.

"Inadequate water and sanitation facilities impact on the realisation of other rights such as education, health, work and dignity," SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena told the newspaper.

One complaint was from residents in Louis Trichardt, in Limpopo, who were without water for 27 days.

"Hospitals can't clean equipment. Hairdressers cannot wash hair; shopping centres close their toilets. Sewage is flowing constantly in the street," Soutpansberg Ratepayers' Association member Inga Gilfillan was quoted as saying.

Vhembe District Municipality manager Masala Makumule acknowledged that the old age of the water system was causing problems.

"Louis Trichardt has grown massively. Such a scheme was meant for a smaller town."

Another complaint was from Riviersonderend residents, who told the SAHRC their water was polluted.

The area's ratepayers association chairperson Clive Sandenberg said the flocculant used to settle silt in the Sonderend river contained aluminium.

"The aluminium ends up in our drinking water. Prolonged exposure, longer than a year, has been implicated in chronic neurological disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer's," he told the newspaper.

It reported that Theewaterskloof Municipality spokesperson Stiffie Cronje said officials were unaware of any complaints, but would investigate.

The SAHRC is scheduled to hold a national hearing on water and sanitation this month.

  • Wike Mood - 2013-03-03 14:07

    OMG!help the hairdressers!

      Buzzbar - 2013-03-03 21:09

      Alas, maintenance is one of the evil pillars of apartheid and to be avoided at all costs (unless those costs involve a family tender...). The other evil pillars included a brilliant (now decrepid) road and rail infrastructure, an effective legal system and general civilization...

      SaintBruce Bruce - 2013-03-04 12:09

      How long have the municipal managers known about the problems ? What town planning activities have taken place? Who has the infrastructure maintenance tenders ? [ if there are any] So many questions to ask the ANC Government but so few answers or even solutions forthcoming!

  • Hennie Greyvenstein - 2013-03-03 14:14

    You can go buy drinking water and just touch wash but the toiletts !!! ANC run municipalities are not capable of maintaining any system. Go block Nkandla's water supply and or sewage.

      beryl.knipe - 2013-03-04 06:11

      Even "bought" drinking water has fluoride in it.

  • Wike Mood - 2013-03-03 14:17

    they are drowning under the workload.

  • Sanet Oelofse - 2013-03-03 14:31

    Lack of planning, the downside of having a population with an average IQ less than 72, on the retardation level.

  • Lesego Sibanda - 2013-03-03 14:45

    here in trweelagte we have 5 months without water and we have taps in yard. when people strike they know that they gonna send police to catch us to go to prison. what should we do?

      gerasimos - 2013-03-03 17:32

      Vote your councilors out of office and get someone competent to do the job.

      kuno.tschumi.5 - 2013-03-04 07:48

      @Lesego - the answer is very simple... next time you vote think about it before you tick a box. If you voted for another party than the cANCer already you may should try to educate the masses. I cant imagine living without water for such a long time. Good luck...

  • SharonE - 2013-03-03 14:47

    My husband had stomach trouble 4 times in one month, until the doctor told him to stop drinking the tap water. We started to buy Oasis water and the problem was solved. The water that we are expected to drink is definitely not up to standard, I laugh every time government lauds itself for the exceptional quality of the water, because it is so not true..

      beryl.knipe - 2013-03-04 06:12

      Sharon, I think even bottled water has fluoride in it. Check out the Website: and see if you can get hold of the book: FLUORIDE: Drinking Ourselves to Death.

  • BBQPants - 2013-03-03 14:53

    Another thing the government has messed up!

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2013-03-03 15:02

    @Wike Very important the hairdressers! Hahahaha Luv your sarcasm

      Wike Mood - 2013-03-03 15:43

      thank you.i can also be booked for childrens parties.

  • jaap.kotze - 2013-03-03 15:07

    A crisis, in the making!

  • Sue Potgieter - 2013-03-03 17:24


  • Jacques Swanepoel - 2013-03-03 19:37

    Midrand is a disaster, surage are flowing freely in 16th Road, the Municipality needs to wake up and smell the coffee!! Maintenance is crucial!!

  • Zelda Gerber - 2013-03-03 21:46

    Potchefstroom still without water! Day 7!

  • beryl.knipe - 2013-03-04 06:10

    No mention was made on FLUORIDE? A poisonous killer? is a must-see Website and perhaps the SAHRC is aware of the book: FLUORIDE: Drinking ourselves to Death?

  • Rakoshe Bethuel - 2013-03-04 11:50

    government must always monitor each and every municipality

  • Rakoshe Bethuel - 2013-03-04 11:54

    there must be an interverence from the government

  • pages:
  • 1