The Democratic Alliance (DA) has launched a petition to force the Mayor of Mogalakwena Municipality, Andrina Matsemela, to uphold the rights of the community by providing water to the residents of Mabuela Village around Mapela in Ward 14 with immediate effect.
During our door-to-door campaign over the weekend, the DA noted that the residents are buying water at a cost of R5.00 per 20L which becomes a massive burden to those who are unemployed and depend on social grants to survive.
All the drilled boreholes in this village are dysfunctional after being vandalised by some unruly community members.
Those who cannot afford to buy water have resorted to walk approximately two kilometres to utilise the unhygienic water from Thwathwe river.
The right to access to water is enshrined in the South African Constitution, and the Municipality is failing in its mandate to provide water to these residents.
The municipality is also failing to provide water tankers to the residents as an interim measure whilst still fixing the vandalised boreholes.
The DA urges the Mayor to initiate plans to assist these residents in order to avoid using water from the river. Failure to respond to the DA’s request, and the outcry from the community, within seven days will result in the DA reporting this matter to the South African Human Rights Commission for further investigation.