Swimming in muck

2015-08-27 06:01
Nokuthula Makapela, Landile Peyi and Nosipho Lingeni are some of the residents SST section, Khayelitsha, whose shacks were flooded by sewage, last Wednesday night.


Nokuthula Makapela, Landile Peyi and Nosipho Lingeni are some of the residents SST section, Khayelitsha, whose shacks were flooded by sewage, last Wednesday night. PHOTO: mBONGISENI mASEKO

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Six families woke up to a fountain of sewer spurts on Wednesday morning after a drain burst, leaving waste matter flooding their homes in Khayelitsha.

Nokuthula Makapela, 35, said she was woken from her deep sleep by the shouts of neighbours alerting her to the flowing mess of excreta into her home.

She said she found herself knee-deep into the mess as she jumped out of bed.

“The waste was all over my house.”

The mother of two minor children said she and her husband had had to take the kids to a relative nearby.

“This has badly affected us. My children are still traumatised.

Their uncle, who stays in Greenpoint came and took my children to his house,” she said.

Makapela said her daughter, who suffers from epileptic fits, was severely affected by the latest sewarage burst.

“Her seizures have started again since this incident,”.

“She last suffered from the fits in 2012, so I suspect that they were triggered by the spillage,” Makapela said.

Makapela’s children could not go to school on Thursday as their school uniform became soaked.

She could only save their school books.

Makapela said they had been staying in the area since 2011 and had never experience this.

Lwandile Peyi’s shack was still filled with the reek of the sewage when City Vision visited.

“The smell is terrible. I am not happy at all,” Peyi said.

Nosipho Lingeni, 38, said all her furniture has been damaged.

There were also other drains that were blocked in other sections of the area such as Sikalekhekhe on Tuesday.

Councillor Amos Komeni, of Ward 93, said all the blocked drains were cleared by Thursday.

“We found rocks in the drains which were causing the blockage. We appeal to residents to ensure that they do not open the drains because children end up throwing stones inside which cause problems,” Komeni said.

Komeni also said the Disaster Risk Management also gave some food parcels to the affected families and also blankets

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