EFF lays wa­ter cri­sis squarely on CHDM

The Rep - - NEWS - ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

The EFF has lam­basted the Chris Hani Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity for not com­mu­ni­cat­ing or re­solv­ing is­sues of wa­ter out­ages, par­tic­u­larly fol­low­ing an ex­tended out­age in Ez­i­be­leni.

The Rep has re­ceived re­ports of out­ages in most ar­eas in and around Ko­mani, in­clud­ing Vic­to­ria Park, Alo­e­vale and New Rest, West­bourne, Bergsig, Mlungisi and Blue Rise, with out­ages of up to four days at a time, while low wa­ter pres­sure was ex­pe­ri­enced through­out the area.

The EFF said Ez­i­be­leni res­i­dents had been with­out wa­ter since last Thurs­day. Res­i­dent of the area and MP Zo­lile Xal­isa said wa­ter was a ba­sic need and he was “dis­ap­pointed in the way CHDM and the govern­ment are treat­ing peo­ple. When the ANC is cam­paign­ing, it says it will bring wa­ter to the peo­ple and wa­ter that is clean, but on the prac­ti­cal side, it be­comes im­pos­si­ble.”

He claimed the mu­nic­i­pal­ity marginalised black peo­ple as they would not give such ill treat­ment to the white com­mu­nity.

“These are the same peo­ple who will be run­ning to get our votes next year. We are sick and tired of their at­ti­tude.”

He said if com­mu­nity mem­bers took to the streets they would be viewed as ir­ra­tional, but that the mu­nic­i­pal in­sti­tu­tions were caus­ing the anger.

He said he had spo­ken to CHDM ex­ec­u­tive mayor Kholiswa Vim­bayo about the wa­ter out­ages, but she had not got back to him yet. Wards 4, 5, 6 and 8 were par­tic­u­larly badly af­fected.

“This is enough. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the ANC govern­ment must deal with the wa­ter cri­sis. We are aware the Xonxa com­mu­nity does not want their wa­ter to be taken and it is none of our busi­ness how CHDM solves that, but we want wa­ter. We are pay­ing for ser­vices which we are not re­ceiv­ing. That means that the dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­ity is rob­bing us.”

EFF branch sec­re­tary Thu­lani Bukani said when the wa­ter re­turned briefly on Tues­day, it did not reach all the houses.

Res­i­dents of sev­eral houses then flocked to one house which would be costly for the owner.

CHDM spokesper­son Lon­wabo Kowa had not com­mented at the time of go­ing to print.

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