Residents of Mohwelere in the Limpopo province have been without tap water for more than two years, and deliveries by tanker to surrounding villages have also stopped.
In the early hours on Monday residents took to street and barricaded R579 road with rocks, wood fire and burning tyres.
Protesters said the lack of water is not caused by draught, but the unresponsive Sekhukhune district and Makhuduthamaga municipalities. In the area those who could not afford to buy water it were forced to drink dirty water.
“While we were in a community meeting last week, we called Mayor Minah Bahula on her cell phone to come and address us regarding the water crisis in the area but she dropped the call. They made a promise to us long time ago that our lives would be better and we still have no water,” said the residents.
Travelling long distance to collect unclean water may remain a necessity for the residents of Mohwelere for some time, due to false hope by the ruling party.
During the unrest residents said they don’t want tank water because its dirty and they mentioned that it’s their rights to demanding clean water.
Despite the South Africa Government spending about R42 billion annually on water and infrastructure nationally, several villages in Sekhukhune area are without basic water supply.
Meanwhile reports emerged that of the more than 58 million people in the country, about three million have no access to clean and piped water.
The Limpopo’s Lepelle northern water board revealed that over 100 villages do not have clean running water – contrary to what was promised by the African National Congress (ANC) during this year elections.
According to the district municipality water is the competency of the national department of water and sanitation and the department has appointed Lepelle northern water to deliver bulk water while district municipalities are responsibilities for reticulation.
Police were called in the scene to disrupt the community and allows motorist to pass.