Washing hands thoroughly with soap and clean water is one of the non-negotiable requirements to protect oneself from the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, for the residents of Extensions 6, 7 and 8 in Lekwa local municipality in Standerton this is not possible as they have had no clean running water for over a week now. In parts of Ward 15 there is no water supply at all, let alone clean water.
The state of the water in the Lekwa Local Municipality
By this morning (Friday, March 20), Mpumalanga had five confirmed cases of Covid-19 infections and with the water situation in Lekwa,the question is, how are the residents of Standerton going to stay healthy?
The Democratic Alliance (DA) counselor, Sithi Silosini, had called on the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee for Water and Sanitation to convene an urgent meeting with all stakeholders to discuss the urgent need to repair and maintain water and sanitation infrastructure in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We now urgently call on Cogta MEC, Mandla Msibi, to intervene and arrange water tankers with clean water in this municipality. This is especially urgent in Ward 15 where there is no water whatsoever. We will closely monitor the situation and give regular feedback to the residents of Lekwa,” said Silosini.
Lekwa Local Municipality communication manager, Thobeka Mtshiselwa, said they were not aware of the dirty water in Standerton. Mtshiselwa says according to their quarterly report the water is clean. “As for the pictures they (it is not clear who “they” refer to) are circulating, we don’t know where they found them, because you will find that they used the old pictures when we were cleaning our water reservoirs which happens everywhere in the country. When that happened, we informed the community members.