The criminal mafia organization called the ANC takes people’s basic right to clean water away from them in the Free State, but people still votes for them? According to the ANC and their #TheAfricanWay, clean drinking water is not a necessity or human right at all, even though the UN says it is. Some Free-State residents only have water thanks to farmers in the area, which are supplying it, NOT ANC municipalities!
As we reported last week, the Free-State Goldfields region with its 500,000 residents, with cities like Welkom, was without water for 6 days last week simply because a pump of Sedibeng Water, a bulk water supplier, broke and could not be repaired due to lack of funds as a result of corruption. Burst water pipes, dirty water and dry taps are daily problems in Parys and Vredefort. Saal de Jager, who stays in Parys and is an ex local Councillor, says a new water treatment plant was built in 2015 and was maintained for 3 years by the private contractor who built it. When the maintenance period in terms of the contract expired and the municipality took over, everything fell apart and the new plant doesn’t work anymore.
According to De Jager, only the old water treatment plant is currently working and can only supply 13 Mega litres daily whilst the towns there needs 25 Mega litres. Carina Serfontein, a DA councillor from Koppies, says Edenville is also suffering under water shortages. In Qwaqwa, Kestell and Harrismith area there has been a years long water shortage which led to violent riots last month, after a child died when she and her brother had to fetch water out of a river.
Last year residents of the township in Petrus Steyn burnt down the mayor’ s house because they were angry over water shortages. A local farmer, Johan Claassen, then fixed the water problem by using R 300 000 of his own money to fix infrastructure to make sure residents have water. Flip Strydom, a DA councillor from Marquard, says they have severe water shortages in the area due to a dam wall in the Laaispruit that collapsed and hasn’t been repaired. Cables and pipes for another dam in the area were stolen so they can’t pump that full either.
In Ficksburg, Clocolan and Senekal, vandalism, theft of equipment and non existent maintenance is reported which causes a situation where water problems are a daily thing. Corne van Zyl, a resident of Winburg, says water quality is so bad that clothes come out dirty from the washing. She says that the local municipality sends SMS messages to warn residents against drinking water from taps. She says the water they get from local farmers is what saves them. She says the water problems have been there since 2010, when Ace Magashule took over.
Danie Knoetze of Afriforum in Heilbron says there are parts of the Phiritona neighborhood that did not have running water for 2 years. Reinette Rautenbach, a resident of Hoopstad, says there are also water shortages on a regular basis due to pumps that burn out or the water treatment plant that can’t supply enough water for everyone, although the town lies right next to the Vet River.
Analysis – It is indeed interesting to note how infrastructure problems and inefficiency and corruption amongst officials escalated as soon as Ace Magashule started with his term as Premier of the Free State in 2009. He was famous for his brand of cadre deployment, not only in the provincial government but also in municipalities. He did this so that there could be one network of officials that he could control to make tender rigging for the benefit of his family and cronies easier. This is how the mafia is run and today Free-State is paying the price.
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