THE local government and housing department is to investigate a bureaucratic bungle in which irrigation water from Pretoria was allowed to flood the North West village of Itsoseng for almost 20 years.
Sowetan reported yesterday that residents are forced to bury their dead in their backyards because the cemetery is surrounded by water.
Gauteng provincial spokesperson Fred Mokoko said: "This situation will have to be investigated. "
The only way to get around the village is to use gumboots to plough through smelly, muddy water to the main road.
Farming was also brought to a standstill after fields were submerged.
According to the village ward committee member Nelson Kgwele the water has been coming from the Bon Accord Dam in Pretoria since 1988.
It was channelled to pass through Mabopane and Mmotla village, but was left to devastate Itsoseng.
Their fields are now covered by reeds and aquatic grass and the old village sports ground is now home to water birds such as flamingos.
Sowetan found scores of abandoned homes disintegrating under the water.
The Ikokotleleng Middle School was also closed down.
Kgwele said the villagers have complained countless times to the Moretele municipality and the local government department but to no avail.