No water, no votes - Kaapmuiden residents

2016-08-03 10:34

Komatipoort - Two angry residents of Kaapmuiden think voting on Wednesday will be a waste of time, as they have been without water for five weeks.

Thandeka Vilakazi, 33, and Velem van Vick, 44, said local government officials simply did not care about their welfare.

"For what will I be voting for?" asked Vilakazi.

"Nobody cares about us, and so voting is really a waste of time and energy. Those who have time to waste can vote. As for me, this is out of the question," she said. 

Van Vick said the municipality had done nothing to restore water supply. On the rare occasion that they had water, it was a reddish brown.

"So, what about residents who cannot afford to buy drinking water? With all of this, what would be the point of voting for change?" he asked.

Nkomazi municipality spokesperson Cyril Rapinga said water cuts had nothing to do with the municipality. He said the blame should fall on Transnet, the utility company responsible for supplying water to the Kaapmuiden region. The area was privately owned and they had no jurisdiction over it, he said.

Rapinga said the municipality was only responsible for rubbish removal.

Transnet spokesperson Sandile Simelane was unavailable to comment.

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