Municipalities fail to meet deadline
About 17,000 residents have been without clean water since January
RESIDENTS of Carolina in Mpumalanga were still without clean water, four days after a court ordered two municipalities to attend to the residents' woes.
The Gert Sibande and Albert Luthuli municipalities defied a North Gauteng High Court court order to provide each person with 25 litres of drinkable water within 72 hours, a time-frame that lapsed yesterday.
About 17,000 residents have been without clean water since January.
Lawyers for Human Rights and the Legal Resources Centre, the two organisations representing the desperate residents, told Sowetan that residents had not been engaged since the court's decision to dismiss an appeal by the municipalities last week.
Anjuli Maistry of Lawyers for Human Rights said: "We are hopeful that the municipalities will take steps to comply with the order, in particular the immediate supply of temporary water and active engagement with the residents so that further proceedings will not be necessary. We have made proposals to the municipalities and we are waiting."
The municipalities were taken to court last month by residents claiming that the water provided to them was not suitable for human consumption.
They said their water has been polluted since January, allegedly by acid mine drainage.