Molewa: Sabotage in Mothutlung

The Water Affairs Minister has hinted that sabotage led to the deadly protests in Mothutlung.

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. Picture: ANC

CAPE TOWN - Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has hinted at the possible sabotage of pump stations in Mothutlung in the North West.

At least three people have lost their lives while protesting in their area demanding water.

Two men lost their lives on Monday after they were allegedly shot by police.

The third victim died in hospital this morning after sustaining injuries during the violent protest.

The site of a service delivery protest in Mothutlung, North West, where two protesters were shot dead, allegedly by police on 13 January 2014. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

Speaking to the Midday Report, Molewa says she finds what has happened in Mothuthung very strange.

"There is waterworks with three pump stations that pump and clean water for areas of Mothutlung, Damonsville and Mmakau. We do have pumps breaking but not all at the same time."

Molewa says her department will investigate the matter.

"This led to a situation where water was no longer being pumped and cleaned. Therefore that led to people being provided with water from tankers of the municipality."

She says people then started accusing the tankers of corruption.

"They say most of those tankers belong to people who are officials in council and some of the councillors. We believe this is what had caused this problem."

The minister also sent her condolences to the families of the victims.

"We very sincerely pass our condolences to those who lost their loved ones. We really will be with them throughout this difficult time."

Meanwhile, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating the deaths.