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The Musina municipality in Limpopo has moved swiftly to allay fears about a possible outbreak of cholera in the area.
"We would like to reassure our people that they can use our water without fear because it is clean and fit for human consumption," spokesman Wilson Dzebu said yesterday.
"Our purification process is of a high standard and people should never be misled by liars who want to cause confusion."
Several residents had received anonymous SMS messages warning them against using tap water, claiming the water was contaminated with cholera bacteria.
The local radio station also broadcast the message the whole of Monday, advising local residents not to drink water from the taps.
A resident of nearby Nancefield township, Lazarus Mulaudzi, said that soon after word spread local shops were packed with people buying bottled water.
"When I received a message on my phone about the danger tap water posed to residents I immediately ran to the shops to buy still water but it was nowhere to be found," the 47-year-old teacher said.
"At one stage I even thought of travelling 90km to Louis Trichardt to get still water for my family."