Sewage flowing into house still not fixed, says man

2015-01-19 00:00

A COPESVILLE man was left fumingwas left fuming after a municipal mainline sewer discharged human waste into his house.

Shaffie Ebrahim was further angered by the Msunduzi Municipality’s alleged poor response to the problem.

The sewage started flowing into his house at around 8.30 am on Friday. He, his wife and their daughter, called the municipality several times to try and get the problem fixed without much success. They only got as far as receiving a reference number that their problem had been logged into the ­system.

Ebrahim, seeing that he was not getting any positive response by calling the municipality, he went to the municipality to report the problem in person. There, he said, he was sent from pillar to post.

“My wife called, my daughter called, I called them several times and they just gave me a reference number, but they did not go there … I have no idea what to do now,” he said.

“My wife was trying to push this waste away from entering the house. We called the municipality at 8 am when the sewer started overflowing and they have yet to show up,” he told The Witness at around 1 pm on Friday.

“The waste was going over my wall and overflowing into my property. It was just like a waterfall. My wife has a ­chronic illness and my father is elderly … We cannot live like this,” he said.

Ebrahim said residents illegally dumped rubbish in the sewer and caused blockages. He said the municipality also failed to clean the sewer. “It’s like another city in there,” he said.

“This is their [municipality] sewer and they should clean it. I have told them several times that this is a problem and they should do something about it because people dump illegally there and I get flooded with waste every time it rains.”

An agent at the Msunduzi call centre said they received a call about the blocked mainline, and a complaint was forwarded to the water and sanitation department. She was not sure when the problem was attended to, but said, “The job was marked ‘urgent’”.

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