Burst pipe showers RDP home with sewage

2011-06-17 00:00

WHILE most South Africans were out and about commemorating Youth Day, Rachel Xulu and her family, of the Madiba section near Woodlands, were cleaning sewage from inside their RDP home as a result of a burst sewer pipe.

When The Witness visited Xulu’s home, half of her furniture had been taken outside.

Armed with rubber gloves, cotton towels and disinfectant, she and her family braved the stench, rolled up their sleeves and wiped the floors clean.

“We were faced with the same problem about two weeks ago. A fountain of faeces just protrudes out of the toilet and spreads throughout the whole house,” said Xulu.

Outside, the soil under the washing line was drenched in sewage.

“We have been living in this house for three years now. The location and the constant burst sewer pipes are evidence that people are not meant to be living in here.

“I registered for a site across the road years ago, but I was given this house,” said an exasperated Xulu.

The ward 34 councillor, Eunice Majola, said that she is well aware of the problem.

She contacted the Msunduzi Municipality plumbers, who were on stand-by yesterday, to tackle the issue.

“By my understanding, people of the area were told that the area is not conducive for constructing houses, but they insisted on having houses built,” said Majola.

“As a new councillor I need to first find out what is happening with Xulu’s house.

“Having sewage in the house is a serious health hazard.”

Xulu said, “Although I had no plans for today, it is not right that I had to spend Youth Day cleaning up this mess. There is just no peace in my heart.”

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