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samwu thumb medium80 78SowetanLive reports that the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) has come out guns blazing against Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane’s threat to cut water supply to 30 municipalities‚ describing it an “evil” plan.  

The union said in a statement on Tuesday that it had learnt “with disappointment the plans by the department of water and sanitation to cut off water supply to more than 30 municipalities‚ an evil plan which would essentially leave millions of South Africans without water - which is by the way a basic right.”  Mokonyane announced on Monday that her department had issued notices to 30 defaulting municipalities‚ demanding they make arrangements to pay their share of R10.7bn owed to several water authorities before 8 December.  If no action is taken, bulk water suppliers will throttle supply to the municipalities‚ which will have to “replenish” their water reserves by paying up.  “It is very disappointing that Mokonyane‚ as someone who has ambitions of being in the national leadership of the ANC‚ could hatch such a plan without taking into consideration the ramifications‚ particularly on the working class and the poor‚” the union stated.

  • Read this report by Nomahlubi Jordaan in full at SowetanLive
  • Read Samwu’s press statement in this regard at Samwu

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