ANC rejects motion to address Lekwa sewage crisis

The ANC in Mpumalanga has rejected a motion calling on the Department of Cooperative Governance to resolve the sewage crisis that has plagued Lekwa Municipality for the past 9 years. They also refused to consider the possibility of constructing a new Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) in the municipality.

During a recent in loco inspection of the WWTP at Standerton and at Rooikoppen, the DA, accompanied by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), found that the sewage crisis in Lekwa had deteriorated since we requested an instigation by the SAHRC in 2016.

It is deeply concerning that the ANC would allow for the people of Lekwa to continue living under such inhumane conditions where their health and safety is under constant threat.

Some of the issues that we witnessed in Lekwa include the following:

• Raw untreated sewage continues to overflow from manholes and pipes into the people’s homes and down streets in Rooikoppen;

• Despite improvements made by the Department of Water and Sanitation, faulty pumps at the old plant divert untreated sewage to a dysfunctional new plant in Standerton;

• Due to faulty pumps the air required to keep the microorganisms, that break down waste, alive cannot be produced;

• The sludge pump and dry beds have not been working for many months;

• The readings on the chlorine gas bottles are not up to standard; and

• And there are no operators to work night shift and in the event of an emergency the WWTP is bypassed and water is diverted into the Vaal River.

The ANC has made it clear that there will be no new dawn for the people of Lekwa who under the ANC are forced to live with raw sewage flowing between their home.

The SAHRC is currently investigating the Lekwa sewage crisis and the DA will continue to support this investigation by providing all the necessary evidence and cooperation until there is a finding on this matter.

Nobody deserves to be subjected to the inhumane conditions that the ANC has forced the people of Lekwa Municipality.

The people of Mpumalanga’s needs will only be prioritised by a DA-led government, which will bring Total Change by delivering quality services, creating jobs and stopping corruption.

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