LAUDIUM AND SURROUNDS ARE AGAIN WITHOUT WATER: RESIDENTS ARE FED-UP AND ARE PLANNING A PICKET, CONSIDERING LEGAL ACTION

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Residents of Laudium, Claudius, Iterileng and surrounding areas are again furious – taps ran dry this morning, for the second time in two weeks.

Ward 61 councillor, Farouk Essop, said: “We are really fed-up. Enough is enough. The Laudium reservoir is empty and I’m not told why.

“Laudium has been repeatedly targeted. We were without water for over four days, two weeks ago.

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“Anger is running high,” said Essop.

Community activist, Yusuf Abramjee, said some residents have suggested an urgent high court interdict against the council. “We are considering that. Why is this community again been targeted?”

Abramjee said the council again failed “to communicate the water cut. This is unacceptable.”

Residents have decided to stage a peaceful picket from 4.30pm today at the main entrance into Laudium, along the R55.

Community leaders say while they understand the “frustration and anger,” they appealed to residents to protest peacefully and not to blockade the road.

Resident and community activist Nari Patel said: “We appeal to the community to again stand united. We’ve had enough. We urge the Mayor and MMC to come and address us.”

Laudium Disaster Management have again been mobilized and are assisting with water distribution.

Essop said only four tankers have been made available for a community of over 20
000.

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