House Chair, section 27 1(b) of the Constitution of the Republic reads "Everyone has the right to have access to sufficient water." This fundamental right is still to be enjoyed by the people of Makhanda Municipality in the Eastern Cape, 25 years into democracy.
The legacy of the former Ministers of Water and Sanitation will be permanently inscribed in the history books of this area as the most inhuman, draconian, unconstitutional and monumental failure to promote, defend and uphold the rights of the people of Makhanda as enshrined in the highest law of the country.
It has left the people of Grahamstown and the surrounding area even more thirsty, unhygienic, hungry, poor and helpless. School going children are the hardest hit as they struggle to go to school without clean uniforms and bodies.