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Challenging times for new Water Minister

Capetonians are being warned they could face continued water restrictions in to next year.

I don't think Day Zero is going to happen, but if they don't have good rains, they can look forward to another year, at least, of very tough restrictions, but they will only know in October.

Professor Mike Muller, Wits Graduate School Of Public And Development Management

Wits Graduate School's Professor Mike Muller has been speaking to Stephen Grootes about the challenges facing the new Minister of Water & Sanitation.

I think we should be asking what did Gugile Nkwinti do wrong to be punished with this particular portfolio at this particular time.

Professor Mike Muller, Wits Graduate School Of Public And Development Management

On Tuesday, Parliament's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) announced plans to lay criminal charges against the The Department of Water and Sanitation.

Muller says the problem is knowing who is to blame.

There have been thirteen heads of department and five ministers in the past eleven years. You can't run an organisation like that.

Professor Mike Muller, Wits Graduate School Of Public And Development Management

I think there is a lot of criminality and a lot of corruption [in the department], but whether they can trace it and attribute it to one particular person is going to be a full-time job.

Professor Mike Muller, Wits Graduate School Of Public And Development Management

On Monday, Gugile Nkwitini replaced Nomvula Mokonyane as Minister of Water & Sanitation.


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Challenging times for new Water Minister


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