Cape Town - The African National Congress in the Western Cape’s claims that Democratic Alliance leaders are responsible for a “failure to timeously react to resolve the present water shortages” is a cheap attempt at political sabotage in the Western Cape at the expense of the lives of residents, the DA said on Sunday.
"The drought in the province is an extremely serious matter which impacts the lives of millions of Western Cape residents. Making an attempt to politicise the issue and shift the blame of its own ailing government is an act of immature and tactless politicking that we have come to expect from the ANC in this province," DA Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela said.
This was also an act of complete hypocrisy when one considered the extent to which the ANC itself at national level seemed to have deliberately exacerbated the drought, he said.
Premier Helen Zille had been aware of an impending water shortage since 2015 and on various occasions requested assistance from the national department of water and sanitation. These calls fell upon deaf ears.