April 2008 – South Africa

Despite clear evidence of a lethal epidemic in the Ukhahlamba District Municipality (UKDM) – which includes the towns of Barkly East, Maclear, Sterkspruit and Elliot – municipal authorities have yet to issue a public warning .

An official health report pointed to a breakdown in a water purification works in October last year and called for urgent action – but no action has been taken.