‘Flushing toilets are a luxury only my children’s children will see’
Villagers in the Giyani area have given up all hope that the re-elected ANC will deliver running water to them
ANC members in Makgakgapatse – one of the 55 villages which were meant to have benefited from the Giyani water project initiated during the tenure of former water and sanitation minister Nomvula Mokonyane — last week rode on the back of vans, hooted and celebrated victory in the local government elections, driving past dry communal taps.
Shortly after the dust of the convoy of jubilant ANC supporters had settled, other community members made their way past on the same road, pushing their wheelbarrows filled with water collected on the other side of the village from the few taps that run.
“We’ve voted and the party we have voted for always wins but that doesn’t mean anything will change here,” said Mapula, who was wearing a big sun hat as she pushed a wheelbarrow in the scorching late afternoon heat. Her son and another woman followed behind her, also pushing wheelbarrows...