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No strong case to sue City of Cape Town over Day Zero, says law firm

International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright says there isn't much basis on which residents could take legal action against the City of Cape Town for the water crisis.

Furthermore, the City's ongoing installation of water management devices on local properties, without consent, is legal.

This is according to Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright, Chloë Merrington.

Merrington answered legal questions relating to the City's management of the water crisis, Day Zero, water by-laws and the Water Services Act.

We don't think there would be much of a case to sue the City regarding Day Zero.

Chloë Merrington, Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa

The City does have a duty to provide us with water and there minimum standards set out in the Water Services Act.

Chloë Merrington, Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa

The access to water is subject to the availability of resources.

Chloë Merrington, Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa

What's important to consider is whether they have implemented reasonable measures to realise our water rights and if they've been acting within the available resources.

Chloë Merrington, Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa

Take a listen to her explain the legalities around the water crisis:


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