CEO calls out civil society for lacking activism over water crisis
7 February 2018
Pretoria – The water crisis facing Cape Town and the rest of the country is "far too serious a matter" for it to be left to politicians to deal with.
This is the view of Accentuate CEO Fred Platt, who was speaking at the National Press Club in Pretoria on Wednesday.
"I think the important thing to understand is that water is far too serious a matter to leave to the politicians. At the end of the day, civil society is very, very involved in politics, but something as fundamental as water, I haven’t seen the activism that I believe there should be," Platt said.
"Now is not the time to point fingers at anyone, now is not the time to say it’s 'this one or it’s that one', now is the time for a full reaction, and now is the time to get everyone into a room and say 'listen, this is like going to war'," he said.