Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
9 May 2022
4:33 pm

Emfuleni workers pocket R65 million overtime but water crisis persists

Sipho Mabena

Ratepayers have raw sewage on their streets, rising water rates and declining water pressure due to leaks and R1.1bn bill

Members of the South African National Defence Force show the progress made at the Vaal River water purification plant on 21 January 2019 in Sebokeng. Picture: Gallo Images/Netwerk24/Deaan Vivier

The embattled Emfuleni municipality in Gauteng has spent over R65.5 million on overtime pay for its water department employees despite losing more than half (about 56%) of its water to leaks at the annual cost of R500 million. This despite residents bearing the brunt of raw sewerage, rising water rates and declining water pressure due to the municipality’s failure to attend to reported water leaks and pay its R1.1-billion Rand Water bill. ALSO READ: Eskom wins R1.3 billion judgment against Emfuleni Local Municipality Dysfunctional The municipality, classified as dysfunctional, has also been grappling with concerns around illegal water network connections,...