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By unknown | Mar 27, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Dudu Busani

Dudu Busani

Jennifer Makhotsoane can live on 42 litres of water a day, as long as it does not come from a prepaid meter.

Makhotsoane, 38, of Phiri, Soweto, is among the residents who took the City of Joburg to court last year demanding 50 litres of free water a person a day instead of 25 litres. Residents also wanted prepaid meters removed.

Last year, Judge Moroa Tsoka ruled in favour of the residents, stating that the installation of meters was unlawful and unconstitutional. But the city immediately challenged the ruling in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

On Wednesday, the court ruled that 42 litres is sufficient, a decision Makhotsoane is somewhat satisfied with.

"Forty-two litres is fine, we can live on that. But if they don't remove these meters, we are prepared to go as far as the Constitutional Court," she said yesterday.

She wants to return to the old system of conventional meters.

"The problem with prepaid meters is you do not get a warning, you just wake up one morning to find you have no water," she said.

Those opposed to the prepaid meters said 25 litres a person a day of free water supply lasted for only 15 days in a month, which meant families had to buy water for the remaining 15 days.

Makhotsoane shares her four-roomed house with eight relatives, five of them children.


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