'NW govt must bury the old woman'

A woman whose death a fortnight ago was blamed on water shortages has still not been buried.

FILE: A woman whose death a fortnight ago has been blamed on the water shortage in the North West has still not been buried. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the North West has called on the province's Premier Thandi Modise to financially assist the family of a 59-year-old woman who died while queuing for water in the Borolelo township two weeks ago.

Due to the ongoing water shortage gripping the province, Rinah Moilwa apparently had to walk half a kilometre in the summer heat to fetch water from a tank.

Her son Karabo says she had rushed to make sure she didn't have to wait in the queue for too long.

On her way back, she asked her other son if they could stop to rest. Relatives say she then collapsed and died on the side of the road.

She has still not been given a funeral.

Cosatu North West Provincial Secretary Solly Phetoe says the woman's body is still at the mortuary as the family can't afford to bury her.

"The body is still lying in the mortuary, it's been there for two weeks - it's painful! We're trying to see what can be done to help the family. Over this weekend, they must bury the old woman."

The premier's office says it has not yet received a request for funding.

At the same time, Modise insists the water shortage in the area has been prioritised.

The issue has seen violent protests erupt and four people killed.

Three people were fatally wounded when police allegedly opened fire on them last week Monday during a protest.

Another man died last Wednesday due to injuries sustained when he fell from a police Nyala the day before.