The residents of the Eastern Cape town of Flagstaff are very discouraged after trying everything possible for two decades to get the ANC to deliver promised tap water to their homes. Well that is everything except voting for another party. It is astounding that black South Africans continue to vote for ANC, despite two decades of failed governance and broken promises. Flagstaff which is 96% black African and 90% Xhosa speaking, voted 84% for the ANC in 2016! However voters are given no viable alternative because ANC and EFF work so hard to demonise minorities and stoke anti minority racism amongst the black majority.
In 1998 the ANC government made promises to the town that running water would be available to them, but the residents had to contribute R10 per household for the taps that each house would receive. The villagers were told to make the once-off contribution of R10 per household and with zeal, the R10 contributions were quickly collected and paid to the ANC government, and now, after 21 years, the residents are still waiting for the day that water will be brought to their homes.
Gogo, who was born in the village, a spokesmen for residents, says each time with an election the local Ingquza Hill Local Municipality council ANC candidates promise them tap water, but it has never materialised. He says four water pipes have been laid underground but are not in use.
Flagstaff residents are told that tap water is high on the agenda for the town, but so far nothing has happened. When the villagers enquire at Ingquza about the matter they are referred to OR Tambo District Municipality. According to OR Tambo District Municipality communications manager, Zimkhitha Macingwane, owner of Ludumo Trading was appointed to install 80 taps 5 years ago, but that has still not been completed even though millions have been spent.