Villagers in Ngqushwa in the Eastern Cape say they have marched and sent petitions to authorities but little relief has been provided to their shortage of water.
Nombanjana’s taps have been dry since 2014 but the villagers received no emergency relief during the covid-19 lockdown. When leaders protested to the Amathola District Municipality, they were arrested.
The Democratic Alliance-led Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is facing a water crisis and just like how the party responded to the crisis in Cape Town, they are making the ratepayers pay for their mistakes.
Throughout the water restrictions in Cape Town there has been a narrative that accusses the black working class in townships of wasting municipal water. The accusations have gotten worse after the City of Cape Town introduced level 5 water restrictions which entail a ban on all uses of municipal drinking-quality water for outside and non-essential purposes. Out on fact-finding mission, Elitsha found out that people in informal settlements only use up to 4% of total of municipal water.
The City of Cape Town has warned carwash business operators that the washing of vehicles with municipal drinking water is illegal. The stern warning follows the recent launch of Level 5 water restrictions.