The Democratic Alliance has called on Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane to show decisive leadership and action her proposed interventions made on Wednesday without further delay.
The DA says Minister Mokonyane must ensure that her department meets its Constitutional mandate and apply all available resources to respond to the drought crisis, not only in the Western Cape but also in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo.
“It was under Mokonyane’s watch that the Department of Water and Sanitation failed to maintain and upgrade aging water infrastructure, resulting in the inability of national government to supply municipalities with bulk water supply, as is their exclusive mandate,” said the DA.
The Department of Water and Sanitation said it has noted several political expressions by the Premier of the Western Cape, Ms Helen Zille, and the leader of the DA Mmusi Maimane, with regards to the water crisis in the Western Cape but sees it as a way they use to absolve themselves of their responsibilities in the province and instead shift the blame on the seriousness of the water crisis to national government and the Minister in particular.
“No amount of politicking and scapegoats will do away with the imminent water blackout we face in the Western Cape if we fail to act responsibly, the community needs to work together and report those who still continue to avoid restrictions in place,” said the department in a statement.
Mokonyane noted that the department has successfully intervened and saved several provinces who were devastated by the drought over the last three years and will continue to do so in the Western Cape as well; “defeating Day Zero has been and continues to be our main priority and the work that has been done over the last year will continue with increased urgency to ensure we guarantee access to water for citizens” said Minister Mokonyane.