A leading South African politician has claimed she only showers once every three days to save water, despite sometimes worrying about the “hygienic and aesthetic consequences”.
The revelations about her personal habits came after a furious row between the Democratic Alliance politician and one of the country’s leading newspapers, the Times, over her use of water.
The report also suggested that people living at the home had been using an average of 165 litres of water each every day, nearly double the city’s target figure of 87 litres per person.
She then insisted she and her husband were extremely frugal water users.
“We try to use so little water, that I sometimes get worried about the hygienic and aesthetic consequences,” Ms Zille said.
“I shower briefly, once every three days, and for the rest wash in the hand basin. I used to wash my hair every day, but now only when I shower, with visibly negative consequences.
“However, I regard oily hair in a drought to be as much of a status symbol as a dusty car.”