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UguAfro Voice reports that striking municipal workers have been blamed for taps running dry in the Ugu district. 

 With the strike having entered its second week, some communities have been without running water for more than five days and the recently formed Joint Operations Centre is considering declaring the district a disaster zone.  The water supply shortage has also affected the Port Shepstone Provincial Hospital.  Allegations of lawlessness and tampering by strikers have emerged.  Municipal spokesperson Sphelele Cele said teams had been deployed to the affected areas, but the urgent moves to restore basic services to Ugu have been hampered.  “It seems that overnight some of the areas that were restored yesterday have been tampered with and we are working to bring those areas back online,” Cele said on Sunday.  On Friday, members of the KZN executive council convened an emergency meeting with the municipality in the wake of unrest in the district.  The latest labour dispute is over the non-payment of municipal staff who embarked on an illegal and unprotected strike action in March.  The municipality effected a no work, no pay principle and salary deductions were applied in May.

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