The water shortages in parts of Johannesburg were not a crisis because they could be managed, Co-operative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan said.
“The water outage in the south was due to the power failure affecting our systems,” he said, indicating people in high-lying areas were affected.
Earlier the City of Johannesburg said three water tankers deployed following the shortages had been stolen in Westdene, Crown Gardens and South Hills.
Water towers in Brixton and Crown Gardens in Johannesburg almost ran dry this week when demand exceeded supply.
Pump station problem
The Democratic Alliance (DA) said the problem was with Rand Water’s Eikenhof pump station.
“Rand Water needs to come clean and explain to the residents of Gauteng why its Eikenhof pump station reportedly stopped pumping water due to a power failure,” DA MP Mike Waters said.
Shortage of bottled water
As the shortages hit Gauteng, some supermarkets on Wednesday had a shortage of bottled water and one put up a sign saying “We have no water”.