Cape tax­pay­ers cough up for Zille’s R90 000 wa­ter pu­ri­fier

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Aphiwe Dek­lerk

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.

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