Fact Check: Mayor claims white people stole water from black citizens

Fact Check: Mayor claims white people stole water from black citizens

- Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani recently made an astonishing claim

- The politician told churchgoers that white people had stolen water from black citizens

- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind his outlandish comment to serve up some truth

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Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Mongameli Bobani reportedly told congregants at a Bantu Church of Christ meeting that:

“White people stole the black people’s water.”

During a memorial service for the late King Mpendulo Sigcawu, Bobani was adamant that the previous local governing parties (including the DA and COPE) had been against black citizens.

Briefly.co.za explores this and other claims made by the mayor during the address:

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Bobani told South Africans gathered during the ceremony that he is probing the Democratic Alliance over the water stolen:

"There are white people who stole water meant for the black people. We are investigating that and we have questioned the previous DA-led administration that they were given R350m, but now we have a drought.”

HeraldLIVE reports that former minister Nomvula Mokonyane had funded the third phase of a local water scheme to the value of R318 million. A company called Amatola Water currently runs the project.

R200 million in the bank

"Under the current administration led by me, the National Treasury has pumped R200m more to the metro for good performance and that money would be used to develop black people — we will divide the money and serve the people.”

While Treasury did indeed hand over R200 million for good performance, the payment was made before Bobani's tenure.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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