Brandfort has been without water for 2 weeks: residents

Residents of the Majwemaseu township gathered at a water tanker to get water so that they may be able to cook and bath as they said they are faced with a water shortage. Credit: Pulane Choane

Residents outside the Brandfort community hall where the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s memorial lecture will be held later this afternoon, say they have not had water for the past two weeks. As heavy rain is pouring, close to 50 residents in the community are standing  in line, holding their water buckets, hoping to fill these up and receive their water portion of the day. An anonymous resident told Courant, “We’ve had this problem for the past two weeks now and there’s been no communication from the municipality as to why we don’t have water.” The unnamed woman also stated that on occasion there also have been electricity cuts in the Majwemaseu township and being without water or electricity has become somewhat a way of life for these residents. The Masilonyane Local Municipality could not be reached for comment on water issues faced by the municipality. The Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, could also not be reached for comment in the matter.