South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has visited a community near Pretoria, the capital, to provide reassurance following a cholera outbreak that claimed the lives of 29 individuals.
While inspecting the local water treatment plant, Ramaphosa openly acknowledged the government’s failure to prevent the outbreak.
“The water that comes out of the Temba water works is not fit for human consumption. So, we have really dropped the ball for our people here in Tshwane, and I went on as much as to admit that”, said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Investigations are underway to determine the outbreak’s origin, as stated by provincial health authorities on Wednesday. Over the past week, 165 individuals have sought medical attention at a local hospital in Hammanskraal due to symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
“I’m told now that the incidence of people going into hospitals with cholera has really come down; the investigations are still ongoing to finally determine where the source of this was,” concluded the president.
South Africa reported its initial two cases of cholera in February, according to the United Nations. These cases emerged following outbreaks in neighboring Mozambique and Malawi, the most heavily impacted countries in 2023.