DA requests SAHRC investigation into poor water management in Bushbuckridge

The Democratic Alliance will write to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) calling for an investigation into the chronic water shortage in many areas of Bushbuckridge Local Municipality.

This, after we conducted an oversight inspection to Xanthia Village, one of over 95 villages that were meant to be granted access to water through the R121 million Acornhoek pipeline.

Despite a water tank being erected in the area with pipes and water meters connecting households, the taps have never had water, some for as long as four years. Residents are then forced to connect themselves to the old pipeline or share water from streams and wells with animals.

Just last week, the community embarked on a protest demanding water from the municipality and despite promises by Executive Mayor, Cllr Cecilia Nxumalo that there would be water, there is still not a single drop of water from the taps in Xanthia.

The failing ANC-led government continues to play with the hopes of the people of Bushbuckridge. Repeated promises of bulk water infrastructure were made by former Premier David Mabuza and two sessions of Taking Legislature to the People (TLP) sitting in Bushbuckridge, yet there is still no water.

We will also write to Cooperative Governance MEC, Speedy Mashilo, asking for a breakdown of how the R121 million set aside for the Acornhoek pipeline was spent and a timeline detailing when the project was started and when it is expected to finally be complete.

A DA-led government would prioritise the speedy delivery of basic services, especially to the forgotten communities like Xanthia village. Only the DA can build One South Africa for All.

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