MOUTSE – The Bolsheviks Party of South Africa (BPSA), an opposition in Sekhukhune District Municipality Council, demands that the Moutse Bulk Water supply project be diverted to Lepelle Northern Water as an implementing agent.
BPSA alleges that after a letter was written to Sekhukhune District Municipality on 09 March 2020 regarding the completion of the project, there has been no response from the water authority to date.
According to the party, the district municipality appears to not be in a state where the need for services is taken seriously.
The party said that has left Sekhukhune thirsty and it appeared that the district municipality did not have a plan to quench the thirst of the communities as the bulk water supply project in the area had been on a standstill for years awaiting completion.
Seun Mogotji, BPSA leader, said the intervention of the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, was highly needed in that regard.
Mogotji said they requested the minister to move the project and its budget to Lepelle Northern Water as an implementing agent because the district municipality appeared to be failing dismally in that highly needed initiative.
“The Moutse Bulk Water supply project has been long awaited by the communities of Moutse and the project, which was supposed to have been completed a few years ago, has seen people of Moutse without water supply for a very long time.
The project, which is in phases according to the project manager, is nearing completion and is at 91 percent,” said Mogotji.
Residents of Moutse have in the previous years taken to the streets in fierce protests to register their grievances over the issue of lack of access to water they experienced.
Attempts to get comment from the district municipality were not successful at the time of going to press.