‘We’ve had no water for over six days!’

By Everson Luhanga

People in Alexandra township and surrounding areas in Johannesburg are angry that they haven’t had water for over six days.

A truck delivering water was seen driving from one street to another, with people queuing with buckets to get water.

Resident Maria Sijaphala said the township has been without water for over six days.

“Taps are dry. We cannot do anything without water. Our homes are dirty and smelly,” she said.

Sijaphala said the truck bringing water into the township doesn’t meet the demand as many people return home with empty buckets.

Tumelo Masite, who runs Ekasi Gym in the township, said he has locked the toilets used by people who come to train. 

“There is no water, and people can’t flush the toilets. It’s better if the government tells us they can’t provide water so that we know what to do next,” he said.

Surrounding suburbs were equally affected.

Teachers at Lyndhurst Primary School said they couldn’t keep children in class because there was no water on the premises. 

“We had to inform parents and scholar transport through messaging groups to come to fetch their children,” she said.

In Tsakane, Ekurhuleni, frustrated residents blocked roads with debris, rocks, and burning tyres to protest at the lack of water.

Ekurhuleni Metro police spokesperson Moses Mapike said members of the public took to the streets at about 5am on Friday. 

“Residents said they haven’t had water for the past four weeks,” he said.

“SAPS, metro police, and other law enforcement agencies were deployed in the area to monitor the protest.”

Mapike said the situation was calm by midday and had high police visibility.

Pictured: People in Alex queue for water, top, and the streets of Tsakane after the protest, above.

Image source: Everson Luhanga

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