'Officials sabotage water system because they or their friends own tankers'

Corruption Watch has released a report called Money Down the Drain: Corruption in South Africa’s water sector highlighting the reach and impact of corruption on water and sanitation.

The author of the report, Wits School of Governance visiting professor Prof Mike Muller, details some of what is outlined in the report.

It is not just in the department, we have plenty of things happening in municipalities, water boards....

Mike Muller, Visiting professor - University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance

At a local level, we hear about municipalities using tankers to supply water in areas where there is piped water... people tell us and it is documented that actually municipal officials sometimes sabotage the water system because they or their friends own water tankers and they get fat contracts to supply water.

Mike Muller, Visiting professor - University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance

Listing some of the recommendations made in the report, Muller says there must be consequences.

We really have to start seeing consequences which includes putting people in jail, as well as fining them and dismissing them. A little bit is happening but not nearly enough.

Mike Muller, Visiting professor - University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance

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