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'I am tired, maybe I will try another political party' - Welkom resident

2016-07-11 20:57
Molotsi Poka from Thabong, Welkom does not share his son's support for the Economic Freedom Fighters. (Erin Bates, News24)

Welkom - Matshidiso Tsoelie has expressed frustration at having to deal with an overwhelming stench of overflowing sewage that continuously enters her home.

The 58-year-old woman from Thabong township in Welkom, Free State, told News24 on Thursday that she had lost her furniture as a result of sewage water in her house.

The sewage leaks spews from the toilet, into the kitchen and then the living room, she said.

"The smell is so bad and sometimes I would be knee-deep in sewage in my own house.

"This has been going on for years on end. Since the last local government elections, we have been asking for the same thing over and over, but the councillors don’t want to help out," she said.

Asked whether she would vote in the upcoming local government elections on August 3, Tsoelie shook her head and said: "I am tired; maybe I will try another party."

Tsoelie said she has lodged numerous complaints with the local councilor, but he had failed to do anything.

"The councillor’s phone is always off... I have lost a lot of things, things I can’t replace, like pictures of my youth. Now I have nothing to show my grandchildren. I even struggle with arthritis, because I am always cleaning up as a result of the sewage that floods my entire home."

She took News24 to various points in her home, which she said were damaged by sewage floods. 

She also pointed at a puddle of sewage water in the street, which she claimed had been there for more than two months.

Another resident, who News24 found at his home while busy with his chores, said he was disappointed with the current government.

"The ANC is embarrassing me," said resident Molotsi Poka.

The 78-year-old man said the only time he was satisfied with the party was during the late former president Nelson Mandela’s time as president.

"I only love the ANC because Nelson Mandela freed us, but now, I am not satisfied anymore. I am so embarrassed... we have problems of crime in the community, but nothing is done about it. I will see who to vote for next month."

Poka’s 43-year-old son Teboho said he had decided to leave the African National Congress after 25 years of being a member.

He said he had been a member of the Economic Freedom Fighter for three years.

On top of the Poko’s face brick house, Teboho has painted his DStv satellite dish with EFF colours, as well as the party’s slogan.

"If you are not satisfied with something, then you should leave. That is what I did with the ANC. It has been 22 years into democracy and still no change. [President Jacob] Zuma is not doing anything - even in his speeches - he doesn’t say anything new," he said.

Another resident Peggy Phiri, 42, agreed.

Phiri believed that, should the EFF win in the local elections, the community would not complain about service delivery.

"The EFF is going to change our lives because the current government is not doing anything for us. I am unemployed, but with the EFF I have hope jobs will be created."

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