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Water: The poor pay the highest price

Corruption Watch says reports show water is being sold to people who should be receiving it for free.

Corruption Watch says reports show water is being sold to people who should be receiving it for free. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch says it has received numerous complaints about government officials charging poor communities for water connections, which should be free of charge.

The organisation has also revealed it has received more than 60 reports of water-related graft over the past two years.

This follows a special Eyewitness News investigation into water distribution around the country.

Director David Lewis says the majority of complaints relate to tenders awarded for the repair or maintenance of infrastructure.

"We see so many complaints about relatively low-level officials who can determine water connection, charging for a service that is meant to be free because the potential recipients of water have got no choice but to get connected."

Lewis says the water issue should receive a lot more attention than it currently does.

Click here for a report by Corruption Watch on water-related corruption.