Finger-pointing in a time of cholera
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟴 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯.
It’s a bacterial disease that causes severe diarrhoea and dehydration in patients. If left untreated, it can be fatal. Cholera is usually spread through contaminated water and is rarely found in developing countries with proper sanitation systems – countries like South Africa. But when several people in Hammanskraal - a stone’s throw from the country’s administrative capital, Pretoria - became violently ill and died, it became clear that the city had a deadly outbreak on its hands. Now, at least 20 people, including a three-year-old toddler, are dead. But this is a tragedy that’s been decades in the making and, despite a desperate bid via the Pretoria High Court to force the municipality to provide clean and safe drinking water, residents are now paying the ultimate price for government’s failures.
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