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Swartruggens farmer Wilhelm Roche. (James de Villiers, News24)
Swartruggens farmer Wilhelm Roche. (James de Villiers, News24)

South Africans from all walks of life are growing increasingly frustrated by municipalities' poor service delivery. But the High Court granted the citizens of two small towns in the North West permission to take charge of their water and sewerage works. And now, things seem to work, reports James de Villiers.  

It has been six weeks since ratepayers in Koster and Swartruggens in the rural North West, known as the Kgetlengrivier Concerned Citizens, took over the operation of six waterwork facilities from the local municipality, restoring water supply within three days. 

This after the North West High Court in Mahikeng ruled that the Kgetlengrivier Municipality had failed its constitutional duty to supply clean drinking water to the community, and to stop raw sewage from running into the Elands and Koster rivers.  

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