Water crisis: Scuffles in Tsakane between ANC, DA

The opposition party is now accusing the ANC of political violence.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s attempts to bring water to residents of Tsakane have been short lived.

The East Rand township has been affected by a three week water cut.

A scuffle broke out between DA and ANC supporters this afternoon when Mmusi Maimane was stopped from delivering water tankers to the area.

The opposition party is now accusing the ANC of political violence.

Maimane says even after Water Minister Nomvula Mokonyane announced on Monday that supply had been fully restored to all affected areas, the DA is still receiving calls from disgruntled residents.

But it seems Maimane's visit to Tsakane was unwelcome.

He was booed this afternoon when he tried to address residents.

A group of people dressed in ANC paraphernalia chanted "go away" and burned a DA T-shirt.

Maimane says this is just another act of intolerance from the ruling party.

"The councillor started to blockade the road."

Residents say the municipality has been bringing water tankers to the area and they don't need help from the DA.

Major parts of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane were without water for almost two weeks after Rand Water said cable theft and power cuts meant it couldn't pump water to its reservoirs.

There's been speculation the crisis could cost the ANC votes in the 2016 local government elections.

Earlier, ANC Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte told Eyewitness News the Gauteng water crisis shows how officials need to up their game and that top managers are too aloof.

Duarte says the water crisis is a concern for the ruling party.

She says the city's top officials must work for their money.

"I am certainly behind pushing the municipal managers and the chief executive officers (CEOs), who earn quite a lot of money, to do their jobs."

Duarte also says technicians need to have access to CEOs when machinery isn't working.

However, the blame game continues with Rand Water now shifting the blame to local officials.

The water utility remains adamant that water was restored to all affected areas in Gauteng by the end of Monday morning.

Spokesperson Justice Mohale says, "All the areas that were affected had water."