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Louis Trichardt: FF Plus takes action to address water and sewage crisis

The FF Plus is aware of the many complaints flooding in from residents in the Makhado Local Municipality (Louis Trichardt) about the water and sewage crisis, and is currently conducting an oversight visit to the town.

Sewage water is flowing straight through houses and gardens, manholes are blocked, and there is no sign of service delivery.

The community has reported the dire situation to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) on many occasions, but to no avail.

The FF Plus sent an urgent official letter in October 2022 to the municipal manager of the Vhembe District Municipality, Ms Tshimangadzo Ndou, and Limpopo's MEC for Cooperative Governance, Baisikopo Makamu, requesting that an action plan must immediately be drawn up to address the water crisis.

No cooperation in this regard was offered, and no attempts toward effective communication were made. This clearly proves that the political will to improve service delivery is lacking.

At present, the FF Plus's own action steps entail, among other things, escalating Louis Trichardt's water and sewage problems to provincial and national level due to the Vhembe District Municipality's failure to repair leakages, and to replace and maintain outdated water and sewage infrastructure.

The FF Plus, furthermore, demands that the Premier, Stanley Mathabatha, must launch an urgent investigation into the matter.

A written action plan detailing short- and long-term solutions to the crisis must be compiled.

The FF Plus referred the matter to the party's Member of Parliament for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Mr Michal Groenewald, to raise the matter in Parliament's COGTA Portfolio Committee.

Residents' human rights to potable water and a clean environment are being violated. If cholera were to break out, the FF Plus will hold the relevant departments accountable.

The FF Plus demands answers and decisive action.

Louis Trichardt deserves better than the ANC.

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