By Lwando Nomoyi
Port Elizabeth- Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Mayor Athol Trollip has vowed to take legal action against the acts of sabotage and intimidation towards the municipality after an entire weekend of water shortages in more than five municipal wards, the Mayor addressed the media in a press briefing in Port Elizabeth City Hall on Tuesday.
Among the delegates addressing the media were MMC of Human Settlements Cllr Nqaba Bhanga and MMC of Infrastructure, Engineering, Electricity and Energy Cllr Annette Lovemore. According to the Mayor, the motive behind the water shortages was a deliberate motive to mobilise against the municipality as valves of the water taps were turned off with the intentions of citizens brewing anger against the Municipality.
“What transpired this past weekend is that systematically one ward after another, in predominantly the township areas ran out of water and we discovered that a number of water valves have been turned off deliberately without any authorisation” said Mayor Trollip.
The water valves were discovered to be turned off from Friday the 6th of October to Monday 9th, Cllr Nqaba Bhanga alluded that these valves were turned off by individuals or collectives trying to revolt residents against the municipality, further stating that these people have to be brought to book as they have infringed the constitutional rights of citizens within the Metro.
“This is alarming and heightens the suspicion of sabotage and intimidation against the municipality.” Described Bhanga.
Cllr Annette Lovemore has assured that the incident that transpired over the weekend will not happen again as they will be utilising every available water tank contractor in terms of emergency water cuts.
The matter will be reported to the police for further investigations.