The Public Protector’s (PP) report on the water crisis in Hammanskraal demonstrates the DA-led City of Tshwane’s incapacity to deliver fundamental services to its people, Xiluva said on Thursday.
The Party highlighted that government officials have failed to take action despite being aware of the situation for a considerable period of time.
Among other things, the PP report revealed that the water supplied to the Hammanskraal community was contaminated with dangerous levels of bacteria and toxins, resulting in deaths.
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The Mayor of Tshwane Cilliers Brink said he welcomes the report of the Public Protector into the water crisis and committed to the remedial actions that have been ordered.
“As I have said at the outset of my term of office, the dysfunctionality of Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Plant is a stain on the conscience of the City, including various administrations,” he stressed.
Following the release of the report, Xiluva called for accountability from the previous three DA mayors “for their inaction in solving the water crisis.”
“While it is common to blame officials and service providers, elected politicians are often let off the hook. It is important to hold them responsible for their lack of action and we are demanding answers,” Xiluva stated.
In addition, the Party encouraged the people of Tshwane who have been affected negatively by the water crisis to take immediate action against the City by seeking legal recourse, filing complaints with relevant authorities or reaching out to human rights organisations.