Minister of Water and Sanitations, Nomvula Mokonyane, has issued a statement hitting back against alleged criticism made against the ministry by the leader of the opposition party, Mmusi Maimane.
The statement comes at a time when the DA is pushing its “Defeat Day Zero” initiative as a response to the voluminous public outcry surrounding the lack of forewarning by the City of Cape Town towards its residents.
Mokonyane has aimed her comments directly at the opposition leader and the Western Cape premier, Helen Zille.
“What the Premier and leader of the Democratic Alliance have sought to do is absolve themselves of their responsibilities in the management of the water crisis”, said Mokonyane. “We have held several meetings in an effort to manage and mitigate the effects of the drought on water availability for the province”.
The Day Zero clocks have been pushed forward to April 12th while the Western Cape authorities meet to discuss and structure possible strategies.
Earlier today, the SAPS and the Disaster and Risk Management teams in the province met with Premier Helen Zille in where it was discussed, amongst other things, that Capetonians are finally stepping up to the plate in terms of curbing their water usage.
Previously it was believed that close to 60% of Cape Town’s residents were not adhering to water regulations.
Yet, the bigger culprit in the eyes of the public remains the government.
From lacklustre communications and poor implementation of punitive tariffs, many have sought explanations from the City of Cape Town as to why it has taken so long to resolve the drought issue, let alone come up with a plan for the impending Day Zero.
Mokonyane has reiterated that it is vital for the blame game to stop and for the relative authorities to roll-up their sleeves on the matter while there is still water to protect.