The AfriForum branch in Margate is offering a reward of R10 000 for information that will lead to the successful prosecution of people or organisations that are sabotaging or damaging the water supply network. This follows after various water supply pipe lines and valves were damaged during a recent strike by municipal workers.
“Businesses in the Ugu District Municipality annually suffer a great deal of damage due to tourists cancelling their accommodation. Our local economy also suffers greatly as a result and that is why we decided to issue a reward for information that can lead to prosecution,” says Barry Smit, Chairperson of AfriForum’s Margate branch.
“We suspect the sabotage is being committed on purpose so that individuals and groups can benefit from possible contract work. This can be regarded as water hijacking, which is a violation of human rights,” says Eugene van Aswegen, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for KwaZulu-Natal.
AfriForum also approached the national office of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to investigate the charge that has previously been submitted at the provincial office but has not yet been investigated.
AfriForum is encouraging people who have information about these incidents to come to the fore. Any information will be handled strictly confidential and can be reported to Wessel Pretorius at 082 318 6195. Terms will apply with regard to the reward.
Become involved at your local AfriForum branch today: SMS your name to 45267 (R1).