Sandf now providing water in Mothutlung

Military water tankers escorted by Sandf and the police reached the township this afternoon.

FILE: The site of a service delivery protest in Mothutlung. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force (Sandf) is now providing water to Mothutlung residents near Brits following this week's fatal protests in the North West township.

Three people died this week during the protests but police have denied shooting two protesters and pushing a third person out of a police nyala.

Police watchdog IPID is investigating the matter.

Military water tankers escorted by Sandf and the police reached the township this afternoon.

The majority of the township had running water when they opened their taps this morning but many have vowed not to drink the water as they fear it is contaminated.

While the community is still demanding answers as to why three protesters died during the protest, the Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West is calling for an independent body to investigate the matter.

The South African Human Rights Commission will launch its own initiative investigation into the causes of the protest in relation to the provision of water.

A memorial service will be held in Mothutlung on Friday for the three people who died.