War over water erupts in community living near Carousel casino

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War over water erupts in community living near Carousel casino

Sipho Mabena | 2017-01-30 09:17:52.0

The supply of running water has been a burning issue for some time for the communities near Hammanskraal‚ in the North West‚ with the municipality admitting last year that it could not meet an estimated 25% of demand. File photo

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Violence broke out in the villages of Moretele municipality over water at the weekend‚ with a youngster shot dead.

Three houses belonging to politicians‚ including that of an MEC economic development Sello Lehare‚ have been torched.

The supply of running water has been a burning issue for some time for the communities near Hammanskraal‚ in the North West‚ with the municipality admitting last year that it could not meet an estimated 25% of demand.

Moretele is also one of several municipalities that owe Tshwane millions of rands for water and have been cut off for lack of payment.

The latest dispute arose when arrangements for a planned meeting in Tshwane between officials and residents did not materialise as promised.

Enraged‚ the residents blocked roads. Security guards were accused of fatally shooting a resident during the fracas. Residents then went on rampage‚ burning down the houses.

This is a developing story and will be updated when we receive more information.

– TMG Digital/TimesLIVE



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