Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said All Saints Hospital, in a semi-rural area outside Engcobo town, ran out of water just over a week ago.
The department had immediately begun trucking in water, and had also appointed a contractor to find out what the problem was.
The contractor had discovered that numbers of villagers had illegally connected to the hospital’s pipeline.
“We have instructed the contractor to disconnect them, but we are also going to report the matter to the police,” Kupelo said.
Water scarcity is becoming an increasing problem in South Africa. Many people in our country have no access to drinking water at all and are forced into getting water from wherever they can.
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