Residents of Botleng township near Delmas have resorted to buying water from local shops following the outbreak of diarrhoea in the area. Maria Sisiphuma, a mother of five children, said she buys water for R8,50 per five litres because she does not want her children to get sick.
The initial cause of the diarrhoea outbreak in Delmas was water contamination, said Mpumalanga Premier Thabang Makwetla on Thursday. "When we noticed the outbreak in October, we discovered that the water was contaminated," he said. However, Makwetla said that more cases were reported after the water was purified.