House Chair, for the past two years, the community of Magogong in Greater Taung Municipality has been drinking polluted water, which has turned brown in colour. They logged a complaint about this water to the local municipality, and the municipality promised to
provide them with clean water. However, up to date, their issue has not been solved.
The Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation had built the people of Magogong RDP houses with an incomplete sewerage system which has septic tanks. The sewerage system has not been functioning since 1996. These septic tanks had been installed on the grounds in the yards of the RDP houses. When it is hot, the waste come out of these septic tanks, flows on the ground and sometimes flow inside the RDP houses.
In 2004, one of the children fell and drowned in one of these septic tanks. The municipality refused to take responsibility of this tragic death. The name of the child who died due to these tanks is Tumelo Loikanyeng.
The conditions that the people of Magogong are despicable and there seems to be on one prepared to listen to their cries in government. Thank you. [Applause.]