- Political opponents of the DA are accusing the party of manufacturing a crisis for political and economic gain
- The DA announced that Day Zero might not happen this year
- The ANC has called for a full investigation into how the situation could so suddenly improve
Political parties are not convinced that enough has changed with the water situation in Cape Town for the DA to claim that Day Zero might not happen in 2018.
Day Zero is the day when the taps run completely dry as the last water in the dams is used up. This would plunge the city into a crisis of massive proportions with Cape Town being the first modern city to run out of water.
A few months ago the threat of Day Zero was imminent with only a few months of water available. Since then a lot has changed according to the DA.
The deadline for Day Zero was pushed back to March and was steadily pushed back until the latest announcement from the DA that it might not happen in 2018 if there are sufficient winter rains.
The ANC has demanded a full investigation into the how the city came to this conclusion and what developments had occurred to prevent Day Zero.
ANC Western Cape spokesperson Yonela Diko said: “Many people in the Western Cape remain in the dark as to what was the cause, how did we get here and who’s responsible. Was day zero even real because we think this constant push shows that the DA is not serious about something so consequential.”
The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) does not believe that Day Zero was ever a reality and the DA had simply made it up to prey on the vulnerable people of Cape Town for political and economic gains.
The City hit back claiming that the average water use had dropped significantly and since the supply of water for agricultural purposes was stopped the situation has changed dramatically.
Grant Haskin of the ACDP said that in order for that to be the case the DA must have made a massive miscalculation or deliberately spread panic to manufacture a crisis.
He demanded that the level 6B and level 6 water tariffs be lifted immediately.
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