Residents of Emufuleni Municipality are outraged and have complained over water cuts, open sewage on the streets flowing into the Vaal River.
Several areas were hit by water cuts because the municipality failed to honour its payment to Rand Water.
The spokesperson at Rand Water, Justice Mohale says the municipality owes them money and their account is not up to date.
We can confirm that we have received complaints about the shortages of water there. The issue of Emfuleni is not about the credit control measures that we have implemented, it is about the infrastructure there.— Justice Mohale, Spokesperson at Rand Water
I can tell you that in June, the technical team from both the municipality and Rand Water went to investigate the shortages of water there and we discovered that some of the municipality's pumps at their reservoir were not functioning.— Justice Mohale, Spokesperson at Rand Water
We can confirm that we have reduced the flow of water into the municipality's reservoir by only 10% and this is a way of trying to force the municipality to make sure that they pay their account.— Justice Mohale, Spokesperson at Rand Water
He adds that the reduced flow of water into the municipality is causing the water pressure to not be strong enough to pump water into the high lying areas.
Emufuleni Mayor, Jacob Khawe says the matter needs to be put in proper perspective and he is fully accountable for his municipality.
The issue with Rand Water is that the is lack of respect for the protocol of we had signed with Rand Water from the Rand Water side.— Jacob Khawe, Emufuleni Mayor
The agreement we had signed has three layers, the first layer was we had made the commitment to pay the debt over a period of two years.— Jacob Khawe, Emufuleni Mayor
And that commitment is kept by the municipality. The second agreement was to pay your current and we told them that we can't afford the current and the current is R87 million a month.— Jacob Khawe, Emufuleni Mayor
We then entered into an agreement with Rand Water that let us establish a technical team that is going to look at the infrastructure, that is going to look at the reduction of the account and among other things, we then agreed that let us reduce the water pressure by 15% and that is the second agreement.— Jacob Khawe, Emufuleni Mayor
The mayor maintains that the current account they have with Rand Water is unaffordable for Emufuleni Municipality because of the majority of residents are unemployed and those that can afford to pay, have to carry the burden of that and that is why there is an intervention by province.
Listen below to hear what else the mayor had to say about the water cuts and the bill with Rand Water...