Richard Meissner
3 minute read
14 Oct 2021
6:30 am

Water crises see more independents in local polls

Richard Meissner

Water, and related issues like sanitation and pollution, are issues frequently raised by voters and political parties.

The Municipal bulk water station that was damaged during a protest by residents over the area's water supply, 7 September 2021, Mpumalanga. Picure: Jacques Nelles

With local government elections around the corner water, and related issues like sanitation and pollution, are issues frequently raised by voters and political parties. Where I stay in Hartbeespoort, the municipal ward’s WhatsApp group displays daily water-related messagessuch as burst pipes and blocked sewerage lines. Hartbeespoort is part of the Madibeng local municipality, part of the Bojanala district municipality in the North West. It had been under national government administration since May 2018 and Madibeng under provincial administration. When a province cannot or does not fulfil its statutory obligations, according to Section 100 of the constitution, the national government may...