Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says municipalities have made a commitment to pay the R10.7 billion owed to the department.
In November, the department made it clear that thirty defaulting municipalities across the country will have to settle their debt accrued from previous years or face water cuts.
Mokonyane says the department has engaged with the municipalities and while some are reviewing their finances, others have paid.
Some of the municipalities have gone back and looked at their finances and have paid. Others are continuing to pay. There was a commitment which is still being awaited of starting to honour the current account once they get their equitable share coming from National Treasury, that is now what is outstanding.— Nomvula Mokonyane, Water and Sanitation Minister
She says National Treasury plans to deal with the issue this week.
We have five municipalities out of the ones we have targeted that have not cooperated and our own assessment is that it is a reflection of their capacity or incapacity. Notwithstanding the fact that we are also in consultation with Cogta to say there is a serious need for intervention bigger than just water services in those municipalities.— Nomvula Mokonyane, Water and Sanitation Minister
Mokanyane says the department will reduce water supply to those 5 municipalities by 20%.
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