Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane was booed on Wednesday when he tried to address Tsakane, East Rand, residents during a water delivery campaign.
A group of people in ANC T-shirts booed him, chanting “go away”, and burnt a DA T-shirt.
“Go away, we do not want you DA,” they shouted. Police intervened and separated supporters of the two parties.
When Maimane tried to address the crowd ANC supporters began singing.
Speaking to reporters Maimane said the ANC had forgotten about the people and was spreading political intolerance.
“What is criminal about bringing water?” he asked, referring to the two water tankers he had brought along.
“We are bringing water for the community. As a responsible citizen I cannot sit back when the people are suffering. Water Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has promised to address this issue, what has she done?”
A group of women shouted at Maimane, asking him where he had been in the past three weeks when taps ran dry.
“Where have you been? Why are you coming now?” they asked.
ANC Ward Councillor Silas Thabo Letsimo said it was not necessary for the DA to bring water tankers.
“The municipality is delivering water daily here,” he said.
“The water problem is under control. This tanker has been here since the morning. If it runs dry another truck is sent to deliver water.”
He said the DA wanted to portray him as a non-caring councillor.
Parts of Gauteng experienced severe water shortages in past weeks, which Mokonyane blamed on a “technical glitch” and the theft of electricity cables which kept water supply flowing.