Community members in Ga Mashabela said the calling for government to stay at home to avoid covid-19 is hard to adhere due to lack of service delivery in their area as residents had to come out of their homes to fetch water.
Dwellers said shortage of water in their area is a major challenge at this stage.
“We wish to stay at home like everyone else, but how can we do that because we don’t have water. We are forced to come out of our house to access dirty water from polluted river,” said Ngwato Mashabela.
Ngwato said without water supply, residents are forced to come out of their comfort zones in search of water forgetting that the country is currently on lockdown.
Another resident, Sedume Sello said all this could be avoided if the Sekhukhune district municipality sorted out the water supply issues. Sedume said they don’t practice social distancing when they stood in long queues to fetch water.
“We are poor and the government treat us like lab rats. Our health is at risk because we are always out to fetch unclean water,” Sedume explained.
She said government should supply them with water and sanitizers to clean their hands.
According to the residents their councillor, mayor and executive mayor were aware of the water shortage in the area but decided to fold their arms and do nothing to help them to get water.
Attempt to get a comment from district municipality were fruitless as phone rang unanswered.