The Organisation Outdoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has expressed its concern over the appointment of several individuals to the Rand Water board.

Cabinet last week announced the reappointment of Advocate Faith Matshidiso Hashatse, Mr Lefadi Lucas Makibinyane, Ms Nomsa Georgina Mbileni, Ms Sophie Fende Molokoane and Mr Ramateu Monyokolo to the board.

“These re-appointments fail to demonstrate the Minister’s commitment to turn things around in water entities like Rand Water, whose previous board failed to exercise effective oversight” said Yamkela Ntola, OUTA’s Portfolio Manager on Water and Environment.

According to the organisation it wrote a letter to the Minister of Water and Sanitation opposing the re-appointment of board members serving on the boards of Magalies Water, Rand Water and Umgeni Water.

The letter followed an earlier submission to the Department of Water and Sanitation in which it shed light on the excessive bonuses awarded to Rand Water’s then Chief Executive, Percy Sechemane which were not in accordance with the DWS policy on the “Remuneration of Chief Executives of Water Boards and Subsidiaries”.

In addition, the submission argued that Rand Water’s implementation of the War on Leaks Programme and the Sedibeng Regional Sanitation Scheme (SRSS) has been unsuccessful.

Addressing the leadership crisis within the water entities is pivotal in addressing SA’s water shortcomings. “By reinstating those who have not exercised effective oversight the Minister is prolonging the prevailing crisis which will likely maintain the status quo”, added Ntola.