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Zuma clan stops water project

By Celani Sikhakhane

The traditional council of the Nxamalala clan in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal has decided to block a water project worth millions of rands in protest over the failure of uThukela-Umgeni Water to build promised dams for livestock and a community hall in the area.

The decision was taken on Wednesday during a traditional council meeting of the Nxamalala clan, when Inkosi Bheki Zuma reminded the water and sanitation entity of its failure to fulfil promises it made over two years ago.

In a letter sent to Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu, the council said it had decided to stop the project that intended to source water from the uThukela River in Nkandla for the community of Richards Bay.

“When the project resumed in 2019 after it was disrupted, the water and sanitation department committed to compensating the Nxamalala community with six dams for livestock, and a community hall, since they were using our land for this project,” said Inkosi Bheki Zuma.

“They only built the foundation for the hall but it was never completed. We suspect corruption because their water project is almost complete but they haven’t done anything for us.”

He said the council made a final decision this week to halt the project, with its estimated budget of R12-million. uThukela-Umgeni Water referred questions to the Department of Water and Sanitation.

Mchunu said the department is addressing the issue and has decided to partner with the private sector to build dams for livestock in the villages of traditional leaders.

“Inkosi Zuma has proposed a meeting with us which is scheduled to take place on March 25. We are waiting for that meeting so that all the issues will be addressed.

“It would be unfortunate if he has decided to block the water project because this is against the human rights of our people,” said Mchunu.

Pictured above: The community hall structure in kwaNxamalala village, Nkandla that has been incomplete for two years.

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