Zille: No time for politicking to fight water crisis

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says while she agrees with Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane that there should be no politicking around the water crisis, she believes government should release money towards the City of Cape Town's emergency disaster relief.

Zille has responded to Mokonyane's comments in which she accused the Democratic Alliance of politicking and trying to shift the blame on national government.

She says she has been locked in a debate with the Minister and that she has refused to allocate money toward the drought.

Because I thought this thing might end in a disaster, we have been meeting for a year to plan every contingency of that. Now we need the money and the national minister is saying no and we are having a debate around this issue.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

READ: City of Cape Town's Day Zero plan not feasible - Magda Wierzycka

The Minister doesn't want us to bring in the private sector to build a new water economy, she wants this to be driven primarily by state owned entities and that is a fundamental difference, because we don't believe that state owned entities are up to it. We don't believe they have the governance to do the job.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

That is a fundamental ideological difference between the Minister and myself but it needs to be debated because the future of South Africa depends on how we solve this.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

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