Zone one main street floods

2016-04-01 06:00
Jazi Zethi attempts to get across the water from his yard in Zone One Township. Photo: Siphelele Nketo

Jazi Zethi attempts to get across the water from his yard in Zone One Township. Photo: Siphelele Nketo

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THE Zone One Township community in Kokstad are blaming the municipality for not fixing the filthy, flooded and blocked drains in the main street.

Jazi Zethi (63), has been living in the area for more than 16 years said he is one of the most affected people in the township.

When Fever journalist visited the area, Zethi’s yard was surrounded by mud and dirty water, which poses a serious health risk to him.

“Last year I reported the problem of the water to the municipality. The blockage was fixed, but the problem has returned.

“I had to close my spaza shop after people complained about the water when coming to my shop. I don’t even visit people and people don’t visit me because they battle to get into my yard. My life is now in dire status after I had to close my shop, which is my only source of income,” said the unemployed Zethi.

A 60-year-old woman from the township said on rainy days they struggle to cross on the street because of the water. The woman said children like to play in the mud, but this can cause skin problems for them later on.

“I am surprised to see this place in such a bad state because municipality vehicles use this street when going to other areas,” said the woman.

Harry Gwala District Municipality spokesperson Ndabezitha Tenza said the municipality is aware of the area which becomes flooded every time it rains heavily.

“This happens if there is a problem in the main pipe, but our plumbers are always on standby to deal with the matter,” said Tenza.

Tenza warned the community to look after their children not allow them to play in or next to dirty water.

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