Drowning in smell

2015-07-23 06:00


Sanco chairperson Sandile Malgas, Sandla Mashiyi and a resident next to the stinky pond that has been spewing sewerage into their homes for seven years.                      

PHOTO: 
Mandla Mahashe

Sanco chairperson Sandile Malgas, Sandla Mashiyi and a resident next to the stinky pond that has been spewing sewerage into their homes for seven years. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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The community of Phase 2 in Lower Crossroad say they have had enough of living with a sewage filled pond on their doorstep.

On Monday the residents, led by the local South African National Civil Organisation invited City Vision to witness the stink first hand.

On arrival, we discovered that even our car windows, including those of the households had to remain shut for the duration of the visit.

“At around 10pm, the water seem to form bubbles, which seep into our yards. Waking up in the morning, we are greeted by sewage,” said resident Sandla Mashiyi.

“In winter the water from the drain is increased by the heavy rains flooding the streets with human excrement and other dirty objects which are sickening to our children and us as well.”

Mashiyi lives with his wife and child.

He said that he has tried many times to get the city to come and fix it but the drain clogs up again. He said that his yard was always wet and smelly.

“We have tried to get assistance from our councillors, and it seems, even they are powerless to help us.”

Mashiyi said they have had to endure this smelly quagmire for the past seven years.

“Nothing has come of our pleas. We are now reaching boiling point...this affects the health of our children. Adults are also not spared the effects of this,” he said.

The larger community said even after meeting with city officials, their situation has not changed for the better.

“The officials told us that it was a difficult situation and that they will look into it, but made the situation prevails.”

Sandile Malgas is the chairman of the local Sanco chapter.

He said that they were meeting with the residents and the officials to find a solution.

“We have been aware of this problem for quite a long time and every time we have tried to find solutions, to no avail.”

Councillor Mzukisi Mpondwana said he was aware of the problem and was working on a solution.

Mayco member for transport Brett Herron said that the City will send a team out to investigate

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