Premier Helen Zille has asked Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane to set up a national task team to manage Cape Town’s water crisis.In a letter to Mokonyane‚ Zille said they should lead the team alongside Cape Town deputy mayor Ian Neilson‚ who was put in charge of the city council drought effort after the DA removed mayor Patricia de Lille from the role.On Wednesday, Zille’s spokesperson Michael Mpofu‚ said that Mokonyane had agreed to meet Zille next week."The letter follows the minister’s visit to Cape Town at the weekend‚ during which it was revealed that bulk water-supply funding would not be forthcoming from national government‚ and that the Berg-River Voëlvlei scheme to augment Cape Town’s water supply would only come online by 2021‚" said Mpofu.Zille began her letter by agreeing with Mokonyane’s statement on Sunday to the Cape Town Press Club that the water crisis should not be politicised. "No purpose is served by pointing fingers and attributing blame‚ politica...

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