Villagers in Port St Johns drink from murky pond water

2019-05-12 20:34
Nwabisa Madlisa from Lujecweni village near Port St Johns collecting water from a murky pond near her home. The communal taps in the area ran dry over a year ago and have not been fixed. Photo: Buziwe Nocuze, GroundUp

Nwabisa Madlisa from Lujecweni village near Port St Johns collecting water from a murky pond near her home. The communal taps in the area ran dry over a year ago and have not been fixed. Photo: Buziwe Nocuze, GroundUp

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

"We have been voting for years but there is no development in our area," says 45-year-old Nolungile Funani, reports GroundUp.

She lives in the rural village of Lujecweni near Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape. Funani along with other villagers often wake up as early as 2:00 to collect water from a nearby pond. The water, which is also used by grazing cattle and other animals, is murky with rubbish around it.

Funani said communal taps were installed in early 2018, but have since run dry.

"There is no water in the communal taps but that didn’t make us stop voting. We believe that the people that we are voting for will see this and do the right thing," she said.

"It has been like this for a very long time … We use this water for drinking, cooking and washing," said resident Nwabisa Madlisa as she scooped up brown-coloured water from the pond into her bucket.


"Some people don’t believe that there are humans who can use this kind of water, but the sad truth is that we do exist"


Another resident Lungisani Magaqa added: "Some people don’t believe that there are humans who can use this kind of water, but the sad truth is that we do exist and it’s painful."

Responding to questions from GroundUp, Ward 3 councillor, Zolile Maqhina, blamed the community for "not taking care of what belongs to them".

He said the municipality's pump house had been ransacked by vandals who stole diesel and engine parts.

He accused some community members of buying the stolen diesel. "It is not the job of the municipality to protect what is in our community's. It's the job of the community to make sure that no one destroyed what they already have," he said.

Responding to the councillor, Magaqa said, "We never knew why the water stopped. It's the first time hearing about diesel and engine parts being stolen. Next time the councillor must try to communicate better with us."

Most villagers said they are hopeful that the recent elections will bring some much-needed change in their community.

Read more on:    service delivery  |  elections 2019
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.