Residents are not backing down over the water issues in Ugu District Municipality. They want to lay charges against those responsible for damaging infrastructure. File: Archives

Criminal charges against Ugu District Municipality workers and their union are expected to be laid next month by residents on the South Coast.

Organiser Sam Botha said they were in the process of appointing an advocate and were speaking to one who experienced the water woes first-hand. Botha said they were looking to press criminal charges against the South African Municipal Workers Union and workers for alleged sabotage and vandalism of water services and infrastructure.

Botha said they planned to file the submission for the criminal charges in December, while a civil suit against the municipality would follow early next year. But, almost two weeks after provincial government intervened, some areas still have no water.


On the Facebook page Ugu Complaints, it was reported there was no water for the past 19 days in parts of Ramsgate, Margate and Umzumbe.

On its Facebook page, the municipality acknowledged water interruptions in Phumula, KwaMadlala, Marburg, Uvongo, Port Edward and Port Shepstone.

The municipality could not be reached for comment. – Mercury Reporter