Angry residents take to streets over lack of access to water

VALKRAAL – Residents of Valkraal RDP settlement in Moutse East outside Marble Hall took to the streets on Tuesday morning in demand of water provisioning.

The angry residents barricaded the R573 road with burning tires, tree branches and trunks, stones and rocks as they demanded answers from Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) with regard to their plight of lack of access to water.

In intervention, SDM Executive Mayor, Stanley Ramaila, tasked the district municipality Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) on Water and Infrastructure Development, Mbusi Mahlangu and his team to attend the community.

Following the impasse, the leadership of the community held a meeting with the MMC and his team and the outcome was the agreement that in the interim, water would continue to be availed through tankers until a permanent solution to the residents’ plight was established.

According to the district municipality one of the reasons fueling the problem of lack of access to water in the area was that the local Mkhumbo Dam, which supplies Valkraal with water on reticulation, had no water as a result of lack of rain.

Residents of the settlement admitted that water was provided through tankers but the problem was that the tankers prioritised certain sections of the village such as phase 1 and 2.

Another factor fueling the residents’ problems of lack of water was identified as unfixed broken water pumps.

Furthermore the community expressed dissatisfaction with the ward councillor as they alleged she was incompetent.

Thapelo Motseo

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