BuzzSouthAfrica can confirm that the civil rights organization has approached the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in order to recondition the water problems in KZN.
The Forum affirmed that its branch in Margate submitted a complaint to the Human Rights Commission due to the ongoing water problems in KZN communities, particularly, those served by the Ugu District Municipality.
In the complaint, AfriForum asked SAHRC to carry out a complete investigation into the problems. To them, the water problems boil down to gross violation of residents’ rights.
Commenting, AfriForum’s Provincial Coordinator for KwaZulu-Natal, Eugene van Aswegen related that many residents in the province were forced to live without water for days on end this year.
Van Aswegen buttressed that water supply problems are most common during holidays seasons. This, according to the Provincial Coordinator, creates major economic setbacks and challenges for South Coast communities. Many tourists do visit the area, Van Aswegen explained.
“This is contrary to national legislation and deprives residents of their basic right to water,” stressed the Provincial Coordinator.
Wessel Pretorius, the Chairperson of the Forum in its Margate branch added that they didn’t get any cooperation when they reached out to the Ugu District Municipality to help fix the problem.
“The branch repeatedly tried to contact the Municipality in the past three years about the water problem and even submitted suggestions, but has thus far not received any or very little feedback or cooperation,” stated Pretorious.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Coordinator disclosed that other parts of the province are experiencing similar problems.
Van Aswegen promised that the Forum will investigate possible suspect activities surrounding the water problems. He said the organisation has already submitted complaints to the Hawks about this. That was in 2016.