3 June 2016
The Democratic Alliance calls for the immediate dismissal of the municipal manager of the Phokwane Local Municipality. Due to sheer incompetence and gross negligence from the municipality, Hartswater has run dry.
During a constituency visit to the area, worried residents of Hartswater told me that they have spent the past two weeks without any water whatsoever. They are unable to wash, cook or keep their homes clean. Not everybody can afford to buy liters and liters of water for daily use.
It is absolutely unacceptable that the sheer incompetence of the municipal management has caused this crisis. The municipality is warned by the department of Water & Sanitation when the system will be shut down for routine maintenance. In such a scenario, the municipality must fill the reservoir so that water supply is not interrupted. In this case, however, the municipality negligently failed to do so. Despite having a schedule and knowing in advance that the system will be shut down, the municipality sat back and did nothing.
This is a serious instance of gross incompetence. Heads must roll for the Hartswater crisis.
DA Provincial Leader
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