“When people wash their clothes, they come out dirtier than before. There is no healthy water to drink,” she said.
A resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said, “We have been promised better water but nothing changes. We don’t have a choice but to drink it and use it on a daily basis. Even though it’s not safe, we drink it. We don’t wear white clothes any more because how will we wash it?” he asked.
Another resident, Nomakhaza Moloi, said it was a huge inconvenience.
“There are red worms coming out of the water and it stinks like sewage. We can’t cook with it or drink it. If you can afford, you have to buy your own, if not you use the same water. It’s bad.
Analysis – The first thing one wonders is: how do the people of this municipality even live? The second thing, is why have they been accepting it for so long? In this day and age of social media, why have they not been mobilizing? Why no boycott of taxes because of life threatening water? It shows an inability to mobilize or speak out. It’s also the reason why the ANC has been getting away with state capture for so long. We just accept anything with our mouths closed and we don’t know the first thing about standing together. Where is your civic mobilization? Where are your local leaders? Do you think voting every 5 years will save you? In that case you will have to accept sewage water in your taps and there is nothing we can do for you.