Rats and filth at education offices

2011-02-08 00:00

THE offices of the Education Department’s the Msunduzi circuit are infested with rats and very dirty because they are not being properly maintained, according to a concerned staff member who declined to be named for fear of victimisation.

He said he and his colleagues have been reporting the alarming condition of their offices to uMgungundlovu District officials since the beginning of 2010 and they have yet to receive a response.

“Electricity plugs on the walls are not working, the fax machine is not working and we do not even have a vacuum cleaner so we find ourselves working in a very dysfunctional and dirty place,” said the source.

He said that at times they even run out of toilet paper and they are forced to use newspaper instead because those in charge of maintenance are not doing their jobs.

He said even attempts to get the department to buy a vacuum cleaner have proven to be futile. “I wonder how we are expected to work in a hazardous place like this,” he said.

He said that if the Msunduzi circuit offices, which are in the city, are in such terrible condition, it would interesting to see what other circuit offices in outlying areas look like. He said the yard is well maintained, but the offices are in a bad condition.

Education Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said: “We have consulted the officials of uMngungundlovu District to inform them of the allegations and they said the offices are in good condition.”

Attempts to reach the department to comment on the photographs taken on the premises were unsuccessful.

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