Access to water is a constitutional right, not a privilege.
But right now, 1 in 3 people in South Africa don’t have access to safe or reliable water. That’s about 20 million people.
Decades of corruption and the mismanagement of public funds has weakened the Department of Water and Sanitation’s ability to deliver access to safe and reliable water.
Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has the opportunity to change the current situation. She has denied that access to water is an issue in South Africa, but her team has been forced to draw up emergency plans to deliver water to those most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is time to make safe, running water an everyday reality for everyone, always.
Call on the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, to recognise that many people in South Africa are denied their constitutional right to water, and to publicly commit to providing equal access to water for everyone – now and always.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and going forward, Lindiwe Sisulu must be:
Transparent: with communication and information regarding which communities water is being delivered to, the distance needed to travel to access water, and how much water is being distributed per household;
Accountable: to the commitments made, including ensuring municipalities monitor water levels, so that individuals have access to sufficient, safe and reliable water each day and are able to regularly wash hands with soap;
Progressive: so that equitable access to sufficient, safe and reliable water becomes a reality for all, even beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.