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Johannesburg High Court declares privatized, prepaid water meters unlawful & unconstitutional

Orders city to provide full range of water delivery service options.

Water pump in Sowetoby the Coalition Against Water Privatization, published by the Polaris Institute

JOHANNESBURG April 30, 2008 — In a historic and ground-breaking judgement, the Johannesburg High Court today declared that the City of Johannesburg's forcible installation of prepaid water meters in Phiri (Soweto) is both unlawful and unconstitutional. Judge Tsoka further ordered that the limitation of free basic water to the present 6 kilolitres per household per month, be set aside and that the City of Johannesburg and Johannesburg Water must supply Phiri residents with 50 litres per person per day.

Furthermore, the court declared that the choice given to residents of either a prepaid meter or a standpipe for water provision in Phiri is also unlawful and directed the City to provide residents of Phiri the option of an ordinary credit metered water supply. Judge M.P. Tsoka also determined that the City should bear all the legal costs of the applicants since 2006. . .

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Posted: May 29, 2008

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