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UKZN: 'Water apartheid' extreme

The university’s Centre for Civil Society says more investigations are needed on the issue.

UKZN’s Professor Patrick Bond. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN)'s Centre for Civil Society says more investigations are needed into "water apartheid".

Professor Patrick Bond reacted to the South African Human Rights Commission's (SAHRC) report on access to water and proper sanitation.

The report reveals a number of alarming findings, notably, many residents in provinces don't have basic access to water and sanitation infrastructure.

Bond says he agrees with the commission that this problem has been one of the triggers of the recent violent service delivery protests.

"'Water apartheid' is so extreme and it's the cause of so many violent protests that the SAHRC has actually got to look much more rigorously in the future at the budgetary commitments and also inside each municipality."

The SAHRC's report on service delivery in the country revealed urgent intervention is needed in at least 23 municipalities nationally, to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases.

The commission on Tuesday said government often reacted very late to serious water and sanitation issues.