Chaos erupted at the head offices of Kopanong Local Municipality on Monday, when angry residents of Trompsburg protested at the entrance. The group later opted to abandon the protest and decided to meet with municipal authorities over their water challenges.
A source close to the story told Dumelang News that residents blocked the municipal entrance demanding that the municipality provide them with water.
“Members of the community which included mostly unemployed youth and school children participated in the protests and decided to block the main gate of the municipality in Trompsburg,” said the source.
The town is amongst those who have been facing water challenges for years and Kopanong Local Municipality is one of the municipalities that owe Bloemwater over R100 million. One of the community members, Steve Mokhoro, said they were fed up with the municipality for failing to provide water or answers on the matter. “We did not want them to enter the premises because they don’t know their job.
We want other people who will provide services to residents to take up those jobs,” said Makhoro. He said they understood the water challenges in the area but unexplained water cuts were unnecessary. Municipal’s spokesperson, Solly Phama, said the R100m it owed to Bloemwater had affected the municipality badly.
He said residents understood there would be water cut-offs on a daily basis and water tankers would be provided. “The water will be available from 6am to 6pm to boost our reservoirs in order to have water the following day,” Phama said. He said the Albert Nzula District Hospital in Trompsburg was not affected as it has its own reservoir.