Grounds in a mess after Samwu’s sports day

2012-12-11 00:00

THE trashing of the Protea Grounds in Northdale is becoming a regular occurence, with rubbish left for days before the Msunduzi Municipality bothers to clean it up.

Resident say the latest culprits were members of the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu), who held a sports day on the grounds on Friday.

By yesterday — three days later — the rubbish had still not been cleaned up. Local councillor Jay Singh said his efforts to get the staff from the parks department to get the mess cleaned up were ignored.

Singh said he had been inundated with calls from irate residents asking what he, as a councillor, was doing about the mess.

According to Singh, the same thing happened just over a month ago, in October, when government workers attended a sport, health and wellness function at the grounds.

He said when the rubbish was left there for days, the winds blew and scattered it over a much wider area, messing up neighbouring properties and basically creating more work for the cleaning staff. “The municipality needs to have a system where the clean-up takes place the morning after a function.”

Msunduzi spokesperson Brian Zuma said the parks department would be cleaning up the grounds today. He said the rainy weather had hampered the clean-up process.

Nokubonga Dinga, Samwu’s Moses Mabhida regional secretary, said they were being picked on because they were Samwu members. She said they had held functions before at Alexandra Park and at Protea Grounds, but there were no complaints, and added their own members would do the clean-up.

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