Women’s Month has little meaning to rural villagers in the former Transkei, who do not have access to the most of basic rights, namely water. Part of the daily grind of the women of Mgomanzi Administrative Area in the Mquma Municipality is a five kilometre walk to fetch water from a single pump in the veld.

During an outreach campaign on Saturday (subs: 11 August) I was horrified to witness the oppression still suffered by the women of Mgomanzi. They are forced to collect muddy water from the pump because they cannot afford the rate of R40 to have 20 liters of water delivered to their homes by a local entrepreneur. The walk to the pump and back home is also a dangerous one: a woman was raped en route from the pump recently.

Water is a basic human right. As we celebrate Women’s Month, it is unacceptable that our citizens have not seen any of the fruits of 18 years of democracy. I will be meeting with the Superintendent-General of the Department of Local Government as a matter of urgency to discuss why no service delivery has taken place in this village and how the situation can be rectified.

The DA believes that service delivery and the eradication of inequality are cornerstones to ensure a bright and happy future for South Africa. A DA-led government will not forsake rural communities.

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