DA declares war over sewage spill

Michael Waters. File picture: Gallo Images.

Michael Waters. File picture: Gallo Images.

The Democratic Alliance has vowed to take action against some Gauteng local government authorities over sewage water spillage that poses a health hazard for residents.

Michael Waters, DA MP and Lethabong Constituency head in Ekurhuleni, said his party recently had water samples from Tembisa, on the East Rand, tested. “The water contained high levels of harmful bacteria. The main reason for the water contamination is because the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has failed to maintain sewerage and water infrastructure in the area.”

Waters said he would announce today the steps the DA would take to deal with the problem.

On Sunday, DA member of the Gauteng Legislature Ina Cilliers said her party had laid a charge against Merafong City Local Municipality mayor Maphefo Mogale-Letsie for exposing Merafong residents to contaminated and harmful drinking water.

Cilliers said the main power supply cable to the Wedela waste plant was stolen in May, resulting in 1.5 million litres of raw sewage spilling into Leeuspruit and Klipdrift Dam per day.

Less than a month ago, government admitted Merafong and other West Rand municipalities had ageing infrastructure that collapsed water reservoirs and the sewer drainage system.

This was revealed by the Gauteng whip of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Tasneem Motara, last month after she led the NCOP provincial week programme carried out by the provincial legislature.

Legislature members visited the best and worst-performing municipalities to examine the state of local government on various fronts. The NCOP recommended land rehabilitation and acid mining drainage issues be addressed.

Neither Merafong municipality nor Ekurhuleni municipality could be reached for comment.
– warren@citizen.co.za

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