Mothutlung divided ahead of elections

Community members say they are still angry due to poor service delivery in the area.

FILE: Protesters gather for a community meeting in Mothutlung on 14 January 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - With millions of South Africans set to make their mark in the elections in just over a month, the community of Mothutlung in the North West says the water protest earlier this year in which four people died will influence their votes.

In January, residents of the small township just outside Brits took to the streets after being without water for more than three months.

Community members say they are still angry.

Resident James Mokoena says he'll be voting for change and thinking of the people who died during the water protest when he casts his vote.

"I'm not sure about the ANC because they promise us things for a long time and don't deliver."

Another resident says she witnessed one protester being killed in front of her eyes and refuses to vote as a result of that day.

"I'm not going to vote because a man was killed in front of me."

Some roads in the area are now being repaired but the community remains sceptical whether this is just another election stunt.

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