President Jacob Zuma was thronged during a walkabout in Marabastad‚ west of Pretoria‚ on Monday. .
"For almost a week now, family and friends of patients are being forced to bring two-litre water bottles to the hospital in an attempt to assist with the problem," DA Gauteng social development spokeswoman Hendrika Kruger.
She said the reason for the problem was a fault with the hospital's valve system.
"This situation requires immediate action by the health department since patients' wounds are not being cleaned ... and this could spread infection and pose a serious risk to patients' lives," Kruger said.