The SAHRC will investigate water shortages in and around Tongaat as residents scramble for clean water after devastating floods last month.
General view of a badly damaged house and a crack in the road following heavy rain and strong winds in Durban, April 12, 2022. Photo: RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP
JOHANNESBURG – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will investigate water shortages in and around Tongaat as residents scramble for clean water after devastating floods last month.
The commission focused on the issue after receiving complaints from residents who said the municipality was not doing enough to help them.
The Tongaat water treatment plant was washed away in the recent floods, causing the water supply to be cut off.
More than 400 people have died from the floods while dozens more are still missing.
In the aftermath, many residents find themselves in winding queues for drinking water.
The SAHRC is concerned about the impact this would have on communities, businesses and schools that still lacked access to this vital resource.
eThekwini Deputy Mayor Philani Mavundla said it was unclear when the Tongaat water treatment works would be repaired.
As the province continues to rebuild, many are relying on nonprofit relief efforts and municipal water trucks.
SAHRC to investigate water shortages in Tongaat
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