Irate residents threaten to stop refuse removal payments as rubbish piles up

2010-05-06 00:00

IRATE residents in some parts of the city are threatening to withhold their refuse removal payments over their dissatisfaction with the service provided by the Msunduzi Municipality.

While some areas have had their domestic refuse collected, other sections of the city have not been as lucky.

The Witness understands that only three of 15 rubbish trucks at the municipality’s disposal unit are in working condition.

Seven areas around the city have been severely affected by the non-collection of refuse. Some residents who phoned the municipality to complain said they were told that there is no certainty as to when refuse collection will resume. Residents have phoned The Witness in droves to complain, with some questioning why the municipality has continued to charge them for refuse removal when the service is not being provided.

For instance, parts of Bisley have not had their rubbish collected for up to six weeks, certain sections of Prestbury have been denied the service for five weeks, and some areas in Boughton have put up with non-collection for two weeks.

According to sources, since the end of last month’s municipal strike, the municipality has been making use of hired trucks from Johannesburg to collect rubbish at night, but these have now been sent back.

Acting municipal manager Thokozani Maseko said: “The municipality has come up with an implementation plan to ensure that the collection of waste will return to normal [from next Thursday].”

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