The water tariffs that kicked in on the 1st of July are seen as an attack on the poor by activists.
Unions and communities marched against the steep tariff increases that the City of Cape Town is proposing.
During her budget speech in March, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille announced a rise in water tariffs to deal with the water crisis in Cape Town. With Day Zero being moved to next year, the City is adamant that the tariffs will ensure that they deliver the services at the required level.
The current water restrictions are already affecting small businesses that rely on water, like hair salons, car-washes and laundry businesses which are struggling to keep up.
As Day Zero draws near, the Democratic Alliance’s PR machine was hard at work trying to mend the image of the official opposition that has been dented by infighting as taps run dry.