Hammanskraal residents call for a shutdown following the Cholera outbreak that has created a water crisis. Throughout the years, residents have had difficulty accessing clean water. Almost 23 people have died due to the water issue recently, some were admitted to hospitals.
Tshwane municipality is now plagued by a water crisis that began while the ANC government was in power. The ANC recently accused the opposition of failing to fix the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Plant, contributing to the Cholera outbreak.
“The Democratic Alliance failed to resolve the water crisis after it gained control of the local government in 2016 under former Mayor Solly Msimanga”
There has been an ongoing blame game between the ANC and the DA instead of responding to the water problems which have now affected the community.
During the State of the Capital Address 2023, the City of Tshwane recently allocated R50 million towards upgrading the Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Plant over three years.
This includes R150 million spread over each financial year. Priority will be given to finalising Phase 1 upgrades and initiating Phase 2 upgrades.
To date, tests have revealed that there is no cholera in the City’s water resources or the contracted water tankers. As such, the City has increased potable water provision through 52 water tankers that are robustly managed with monitoring and testing ongoing.
“As part of leadership in Hammanskraal, we distanced ourselves and rejected a shutdown”, said ANC Hammaskraal Branch Secretary Sello Mphaga.
“The area has serious problems that require the intervention of the national and provincial governments,” Sello Mphaga said.
Further, Mphaga said a shutdown is not essential as the leadership is working with the community to resolve the issue.
Temba SAPS spokesperson Herman Moremi said that the police are unaware of the planned shutdown. However, they will attend the matter to prevent crime.