During my time as Mayor of Cape Town we experienced a 1 in 300 year drought and successfully managed to avert “Day Zero” through joint action.
We implemented water restrictions to reduce use but because the cost of water infrastructure remained the same
the City needed to cover the fixed operating costs.
Here’s how it played out:
December 2017, Under the guidance of experts, I proposed a temporary Drought Levy charge to cover the predicted R1.6 billion funding shortfall that arose from reduced water use.
The DA Caucus chose to reject the temporary Drought Levy, instead replacing it with a permanent pipe (connection) fee combined with ridiculously expensive water tariffs that rapidly raised the cost of water.
January 2018, I came head-to-head with the DA on the water tariffs. I proposed that the punitive tariffs should not apply to households with big families and households that were saving water, using less than 6Kl per month.
This appeal for relief for the poor and low water use households was dismissed by the DA Caucus. They instead launched a Motion of No Confidence against me, saying that I was “financially reckless” and that this income would be impossible to replace.
December 2018, I started a new political party called GOOD because of being disillusioned by a party I felt have lost their way.
In March 2019, international rating agency Moody’s released a statement proving that the DA’s high water tariffs resulted an increased revenue of R4.4 billion for the city. These profits are the unjust windfalls of the high water costs forced on Cape Town last year by the DA.
The DA’s actions have resulted in billions of profit - of course this was made possible by the implementation of the immorally high water tariffs I fought so hard against.
These kind of profits are disgraceful; with that money I could have put it towards providing relief to residents using little water and those with large families.
But my efforts were shut down.
If you think about it, no South African deserves to be punished like this. The DA have exploited responsible water users, the poor and vulnerable in our beautiful city. All for profit.