Cosatu in the Free State deplores the situation in Qwaqwa where residents continue to queue for water tanks, for them to get water.
The trade union has noted with serious concern that it is now almost a year since the problems of water shortages hit the Maluti A Phofung Municipality. Provincial secretary Monyatso Mahlatsi says it is quite sad that up to now the privately owned trucks continue to crisscross the villages to supply water ,whilst there is not concrete plan on how the water supply shortages would be addressed.
“Since the trucks judging from their registration numbers seem to be privately owned, we are seriously worried about the costs involved in keeping these trucks running to supply water! We are well aware that there is sufficient infrastructure in place to supply all the corners of Qwaqwa with water. We are also acutely aware that there is a water outlet at Bluegumbosch ,which is being fed from Sterkfontein dam.”
Mahlatsi says they have taken a decision to embark on a program to get answers from those deployed to positions of power.
Cosatu demands to know as to why should the residents in this area continue to suffer due to a lack of clean running water. He further indicate that it is also disheartening that there are no clear and known plans to resolve the water problems.
Cosatu is demanding answers as to why should the community and the workers continue to suffer!