THE residents of Hlohlolwane in Clocolan, Free State say they are forced to share water with the dead.
This is after their taps ran dry at the end of last month.
Mathabang Mothobi (45) said the reason they don’t have water is because of a burst pipe in the area.
“What’s even worse is that it’s been three weeks and the problem hasn’t been resolved,” said the mum of three.
Mathabang, who is a farmworker, said she thought the problem would only last a few days.
“I knock off at 5pm every day and have to walk long distances to fetch water at the graveyard.
“My eldest child is only 14 years old. He is afraid to go near the graves.”
Another resident, Dipuo Molokone (34) said it seems their municipality doesn’t want to repair the burst pipe.
“If the water pipe has burst, why is the municipality taking so long to repair it?
“And why is the graveyard tap not affected?”
Thabo Mokhethoa, manager of the technical department at Setsoto Municipality, said they were looking into the matter.
“We have repaired the pipe. We are just waiting for the cement to plaster over it before residents have water again.”