Western Cape’s ‘weapons of mass destruction’ entrench ‘water apartheid’

Mail and Guardian coverage of the AWCC No Holiday Without Water: End Water Apartheid in Cape Town and Gaza campaign launched last December and the impact of water restrictions on the working-class households.

“The AWCC wrote a letter to the city outlining its demands for an end to the unfair distribution of water and high costs. During a protest on 7 December last year, the AWCC handed a letter over to the municipality.

On 18 January, the mayoral committee member for water and sanitation Zahid Badroodien replied, saying the city “is mandated by the legislation and council approved policies and bylaws to collect all monies due to the municipality”.

Meyer says the city’s failure to provide equitable water services is entrenching a legacy of apartheid that hurts the poor most.

“This is what the apartheid government did. They said you are all not white, and you deserve that and we deserve this. It feels very apartheid what’s going on here. They need to think about that,” she says.”

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