Protests for water in QwaQwa cause mayhem

he chaos caused by residents of Tseseng in QwaQwa during their protests for water following the Department of Water’s decision to stop using water truck tankers to supply water to the people of QwaQwa. Credit: Supplied

Burning tyres and throwing huge rocks in the streets were how the residents of Tseseng (Ward 20) in Phuthaditjhaba chose to demand that the local municipality supply them with water.

According to a police spokesperson in the area, Mmako Mophiring, on Tuesday morning around 06h00 30 residents of ward 20 barricaded the main road next to Manthatisi High School with stones and burning tyres as they protested for water.

Police were called to the scene. While Mophiring was able to confirm the incident, he refused to provide more details surrounding the number of arrests made and stated that the police would release a statement later on the day following investigations into the matter.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for the national Department of Water and Sanitation, Sputnik Ratau, said while he may have missed news of the protests on Tuesday morning, he condemns the means the people of Tseseng used to protest, even though their reasons for protesting are understandable. Ratau says that the DWS is looking into ways to ensure that the proper infrastructure is in place that will enable residents of Qwaqwa to access water easily.

He also adds that residents should note that while the department will no longer be supplying water with water tanker trucks as it’s too costly to do so, the department will still continue to provide water to the areas that need it the most.

Pulane Choane-BloemfonteinCourant