GATVOL residents took to the streets as their taps had been dry for almost the whole week.
Residents from Ntuzuma and some sections of KwaMashu, north of Durban, demanded water from the eThekwini Municipality.
They started to protest on Wednesday afternoon and the situation was still tense on Thursday.
Nhlanhla Mkhize (45) from L section KwaMashu told Daily Sun the municipality knew there was no water in many parts but didn’t send water trucks to the areas.
“They only sent the trucks to some areas, leaving many areas without water. How are we expected to live without water for so many days?” he said.
Nombuso Ndlela (34) from Ntuzuma said they were without water since Friday and no water trucks delivered water.
This is Ntuzuma G. People have been without water for more than 5 days, raw sewer running on the road. Dear Mayor Kaunda & @eThekwiniM , is this the language you understand better maybe? How long must our people be subjected to this inhumane situation and treatment? How long… ? pic.twitter.com/gfs9jwdkNd
— Vusi Khoza (@vusumuzikhoza) February 5, 2020
“People got angry and ended up blocking the roads. Children couldn’t go to school and some employees didn’t go to work because of the protest,” she said.
eThekwini Municipality spokesman Msawakhe Mayisela said: “The city apologises to all residents who are bearing the brunt of water shortages. The matter will be investigated, and teams will be sent out.”
He said meanwhile, they were increasing the number of water tankers to ensure all residents in these areas had water.
@Ntuzuma it been a full week without water, nobody says anything. We report but no reply. Do whites also experience this kinda treatment or it just us BLACKS @sziks @eThekwiniM @MbalulaFikile @CyrilRamaphosa @SABCNewsOnline @SABCNewsAtOne @dailysunsa pic.twitter.com/49eglIa2Ya
— #TheBestGodEverMade✝ (@DvwgZin_) February 6, 2020
KZN cops spokeswoman Captain Nqobile Gwala said residents from Ntuzuma blockaded roads with burning tyres and rubble since Wednesday.
“On Thursday, a bus and vehicle were set alight by the protesters. No injuries were reported. Public order police and local police are at the scene to stabilise the situation,” said Gwala.
— #Bhambolunye (@ngwenya_welcome) February 6, 2020
And only 1 truck came for Ntuzuma H wonke 🙄 pic.twitter.com/BGtvV1BxKT
— Almighty Gooner 🔴⚪ (@Almost_Themba) February 5, 2020
Source: Daily sun