SAHRC to hold public hearings regarding uThukela water crisis, following DA complaint

02 Aug 2022 in Press Statements

The DA in uThukela is pleased that the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) heeded to our calls and will finally host public hearings regarding the water crisis in the district.

Since 2020, the DA filed different complaints and requests for an urgent investigation and recommendations into the water crisis.

A provincial inquiry has been confirmed for 15 to 19 August 2022, although it was initially scheduled for July.

We are hopeful that this time, these hearings won’t be rescheduled so we can be able to get this process going and provide much needed relief for residents.

Basic water supply by uThukela to the town of Colenso has been intermittent for weeks, with outages lasting from hours to days at a time. Among the affected is the Midlands Orphanage Care Centre that has been struggling with intermittent water supply for two weeks now, affecting not only drinking water, but hygiene standards in the communal living environment.

Ongoing pleas from the Colenso Community seem to have fallen on deaf ears with water outages continuing unabated.

The Midlands Orphanage and Care Centre has endured a daily struggle to ensure that its 150 young children are hydrated and fed. Many of the required hygiene standards for communal living are a daily struggle as Water is the basis of life and hygiene.

The caretaker, Mr Noel Robinson, has met the uThukela Municipal Manager (MM), Mr. Bongani Mnguni, to find a speedy resolve, yet after promises to rectify the supply, the outages continue unabated.

The DA is very concerned about the ongoing struggle to provide basic services to the residents in uThukela. We therefore hope that the planned SAHRC sitting focuses and provide solutions to rectify the crisis.