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No end in sight for Qunu water issues

Many people in Nelson Mandela’s childhood village still don't have access to tap water.

FILE: There seems to be no end in sight to the water woes in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. Picture: freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - There seems to be no end in sight to the water woes in former President Nelson Mandela's childhood village in the Eastern Cape.

Many people in Qunu still don't have access to tap water.

Former Eastern Cape Premier Nosimo Balindlela, who now serves as the Democratic Alliance's Shadow Minister of Water and Sanitation, confirmed that there were ongoing water issues in Qunu.

"We must not lie to people. There is a big, big issue on water."

Balindlela said she was planning to approach the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in an effort to help highlight the water problems in the area.

"This has been going on for a long time and doesn't help to duck and dive. People can no longer take that."

Balindlela has called on government to assist by sending engineers to villages like Qunu in order to come with long term solutions.