Water crisis: DA to approach Madonsela

The opposition party says it is extremely concerned by the state of water delivery and infrastructure.

A young man washing his clothes in a sewage filled stream in Protea South in Soweto. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is due to be asked to conduct a comprehensive audit of the state of water delivery and infrastructure in South Africa.

Earlier on Monday, Eyewitness News revealed the results of a special water investigation which spanned every province.

The investigation explored claims of corruption, pollution and fortunes being made in selling clean water.

The probe also looked at historic problems and migration patterns of communities.

It also explored the lives of residents who report having to wait up to 10 hours for a single bucket of water.

Others have to bath in contaminated streams.

Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Monday described the water situation as a "mammoth problem" which is receiving a "mammoth response".

But the Democratic Alliance (DA) wants Madonsela to determine exactly what a "mammoth problem" means and says it will write to her office today.

Shadow Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Marti Wenger says the DA is extremely concerned.

"Twenty years into democracy, it is absolutely unacceptable that people are still sitting without access to basic needs such as water."

Planning and development experts say a big part of the problem is a breakdown at municipal level where delivery is meant to happen.