n Law, Democracy & Development - Realising the right of access to water : pipe dream or watershed?

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



The most basic and compelling human need is clean water and sanitation. The World Health Organisation (WHO) links about four million deaths each year and almost five billion sickness incidents to the lack of adequate sanitation and drinking water. In South Africa, unequal access to this basic human need is part of the unjust division of resources bequeathed on the majority of South Africans by the policies of the past. Landowners were also the owners of the water on their land. Hence, access to water is integrally linked to land ownership and millions of South Africans are condemned to a life of poverty, insecurity and continuous exposure to diseases that would otherwise be avoidable.

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