GROBLERSDAL – Residents of Groblersdal embarked on a march to Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) offices demanding scrapping of their water bills by the district municipality on Friday.

Along others, the residents allege that the district municipality is providing them with unclean water, exorbitant bills and continued water cuts.

The residents claim that as a result they are forced to buy purified water from outlets within their reach, a situation that hits hard on their pockets.

Willy Mosoma, SDM Spokesperson, said the district municipality acknowledged the residents’ concerns, however the user-pay principle needed to apply, meaning that residents who use water must pay for what they use like all others.

Mosoma said as the district municipality they knew that the majority of those residents have not been paying their bills since 2003 and that amounted to defrauding.

“Negotiations with them are continuing and we will report back to the media, however, we thank residents who continue paying for services and encourage those lacking behind to make payments arrangements to avoid their water being cut.

“We are committed to offer quality services and our people must support us through paying for their services,” concluded Mosoma.

Meanwhile, another group of residents in the town marched to Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality (EMLM) as they complained about high electricity tariffs on the same day.

Attempts to get comment from EMLM were not successful at the time of going to press.

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