Cholera - South African Party Lays Complaint About Bungled Tender

The cholera outbreak in Hammanskraal in the City of Tshwane metropole is proving a prime opportunity for political mudslinging, writes Zintle Mahlati for News24. A political party is saying that the deaths of 15 people could have been avoided if the municipality had quickly resolved the bungling of a R250 million tender, which was meant to maintain the Rooiwal wastewater treatment plant. ActionSA has lodged complaints about the outbreak with the Public Protector and the South African Human Rights Commission.

News24 says that the City of Tshwane awarded a tender in 2019 to treat the Rooiwal plant to a joint venture which included Blackhead Consulting - which is linked to businessman Edwin Sodi, who is embroiled in a court case over the Free State asbestos refurbishment scandal. ActionSA has blamed the City and former mayor Randall Williams for dragging their feet in resolving the handling of the project.

At least 52 water tankers have been dispatched across Hammanskraal, where residents have been advised to boil water before using it. Tshwane Health MEC Rina Marx says clean drinking water will be supplied to informal settlements for the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, the United Nations said a billion people in 43 countries are at risk of cholera and though the outbreaks could be stopped, the resources necessary to do so are lacking.


Washing hands helps to prevent the spread of cholera (file photo).

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