The political blame game
The sever water crisis has passed, but only for the time being. Did the ANC manufacture the situation to try to gain control of the Western Cape from the DA?
The ANC have made no secret of the fact that they would like control of the lucrative Western Cape. Thus far they have been unable to wrest that control from the DA. Their best shot, so far, was the huge water crisis brought about by 3 years of low rainfall in the region.
As “Day Zero” became a reality, the ANC called a crisis meeting in Cape Town in January. Then, Minister for Water and Sanitation, appointed by Jacob Zuma, was nowhere to be seen. So at such a massively important gathering where was Ms. Nomvula Mokonyane?
She was in Liberia attending the inauguration celebration of George Weah. The former World Football Player of the Year in 1995 had recently been elected president. The good and the great of Africa and the world of football, including Arsenals Football Manager Arsene Wenger were in attendance.
No Cape Town water plan
Helen Zille, the one time Mayor of Cape Town and leader of the opposition party, at the time, was told unequivocally by the ANC that the DA had no plan and that the ANC would be taking over. The ANC had achieved its goal by stealth and not a vote had been cast. They now had the finances of the Western Cape at their mercy or so it seemed.
Politicking over crisis
The National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) had harsh words to say to the DA but left them in charge to take the blame. The DA began with seeking an undertaking from the absent Minister that agriculture would not be given a greater percent share of the available water supply. These requests from the DA to the Minster where left unanswered and shorty afterwards she was replaced by Gugile NKwinti.
Land reform raises its head
One of the first announcements by the new Minister was to confirm that the Department would appropriate land under the Land Reform Act to ensure new Dams could be built. One of the most recent problems to beset the Water and Sanitation Department is an inquiry into its finances including the time Ms. Mokonyane was Minister.
DA tries to keep the ANC out of the Western Cape
The New DA Premier Mmusi Maimane sees a great opportunity, due to this inquiry, to prevent further interference by the ANC into The Western Capes affairs.
2019: a new crisis
The largest of the dams to supply water to the Cape Town area, as of today, is only 58% full. The Waterskloof Dam is still sadly lacking in water, though overall the dams are 74.8% full. Does Cape Town have another water crisis looming in 2019?