It has become a norm in the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal under UGU district municipality that the communities would be without water for days. Even weeks without proper feedback from the municipality or even ward councilors. Places like Gamalakhe, Margate, Port Shepstone, Murchison and many other places under UGU district municipality have had to deal with this problem
What makes things worse is that, it can take days and weeks without even getting water tanker trucks, even now as I write this the community of Gamalakhe has been without water for days, and no water tanker trucks have been sent to the areaThis problem is not new and it has been years that the community of the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal are having to deal with this water crisis. While the municipality or ward councilors are not doing what they must do to assist these people.
Recently the municipality has been saying that the problem is the issue of infrastructure theft that has led to this endeavor. The question that needs to be posed to the municipality officials is that, what have they done to solve this problem until today?
Seemingly nothing since the communities are still facing the same problem. Again in the past months and years they have given other reasons that are different from the one presented currently, it is clear that there is an inconsistence from what the municipality conveys
Therefore, it is fair to conclude that there is a lack of ethical leadership in the UGU district municipality, which leads to these problems facing the South Coast community.
It is important that the municipality makes sure that people gain access to clean water, since failing to do that is a violation of basic human rights. Again South Africa is facing a second wave of Covid-19 surge, this requires hygiene, in that by not having water it will be difficulty for the people to conserve the basic guidelines, meant to minimize the spread of Covid-19.
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