Sat, 15 May 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is investigating reports of a three-day water shortage in Kimberley.

The SAHRC has received "complaints alleging that residents of Kimberley has been experiencing water shortages for the past three days", the commission said in a statement.

"The Commission is concerned about the impact the water shortages have on the residents and more specifically on older persons, persons with disabilities, health facilities and women and children," the statement said.

The SAHRC wrote to the Sol Plaatje Municipality mayor, "requesting reasons for the water shortages as well as a contingency plan on how they seek to resolve the issue".

"As part of our broader investigation into systemic service delivery complaints, the commission will request submissions from the Department of Water and Sanitation and more specifically the Water and Sanitation Development Plan. We call on the Sol Plaatje Municipality to cooperate with the Commission to ensure that services are restored to the residents of Kimberley in a dignified manner," the statement said.

Sol Plaatjie mayor's spokesperson Persome Oliphant said the office of the mayor would provide a response on Friday.

Source: News24

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