Cape taxpayers cough up for Zille’s R90 000 water purifier
WESTERN Cape taxpayers have forked out more than R90 000 for a water purification system for the benefit of premier Helen Zille and her family.
A plant‚ installed last month‚ will purify water from a stream at the premier’s official residence in Leeuwenhof‚ so it is drinkable.
It has been installed amid stringent water curbs – and indications that former Cape Town City mayor Zille’s family has failed dismally to meet consumption targets set by the city.
The outlay was revealed yesterday by Public Works MEC Donald Grant in response to a question in the provincial legislature.
The installation was set up earlier this month at the cost of R92 754‚ he said.
Grant said Zille’s household used 32 kilolitres of water in July and 14kl last month.
In the year to date, Leeuwenhof residents had used an average of 165 litres each a day.
Asked about the number of people in the house‚ Grant said there were four but cautioned that his answer was speculation.
If he is correct‚ the four people each used 258 litres a day in July‚ and 109 litres last month – well above the city-wide target of 87 litres.