France: filth and ‘lazy municipal workers’ prompt residents to tackle clean-up themselves

2011-08-10 00:00

FILTHY streets and blocked stormwater drains have prompted France residents to embark on a clean-up campaign after the Msunduzi Municipality failed to clean and collect refuse.

Community members from France’s phases 1,2,3,4 and 5 started a volunteer programme aimed at cleaning up their areas, but they do not have enough tools to do the work.

About 30 volunteers — young men and women and the elderly — rolled up their sleeves on Monday, to remove grime from blocked stormwater drains and sweep the streets.

Resident Bonisiwe Chule (47) made a general appeal for tools and other equipment.

“We need gumboots, gloves, spades, wheelbarrows and other tools that will assist us in cleaning because our municipality has failed to clean.”

Chule said municipal workers are lazy and eat and sleep under trees instead of cleaning, but are always paid at the end of the month.

The community says it wants to show the municipality that they can clean their own areas so that when the council is hiring, they will be first to get jobs.

Another resident, Mdu Hlongwane, said some municipal staff have told them their refuse is not being collected because residents do not pay for services.

Msunduzi spokesperson Brian Zuma said: “We have not received complaints to that effect, and also there is a councillor in that ward who should be approached if residents have issues with the municipality.”

He commended the community for voluntarily cleaning the area.

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