Residents dump rubbish outside councillor’s office

2010-05-14 00:00

EASTWOOD residents fed up with the failure of the Msunduzi Municipality to collect their rubbish vented their anger on their councillor, Mzwakhe Dladla, by dumping garbage in front of his office.

The residents, who claimed to be Democratic Alliance members, wrote a note voicing their concerns and left it at Dladla’s door with the rubbish.

Nithia Govender, chairperson of the DA in the northern suburbs, said he doubts his members are responsible.

“In the DA we inspire clean behaviour; our members know the proper channels for airing their grievances.”

In a crudely written note, the residents warned Dladla not to mess with the community by failing to see to their bins, and said that if he fails to attend to the problem, his office will be turned into a bin. They signed the note as DA members.

Dladla said the people started dumping rubbish outside his office on Wednesday.

“I came to the office and found it blocked with rubbish and there was a note saying the people who did it were DA members, and today I came to find that they had piled more rubbish.”

Dladla said he doubts the residents dumped the rubbish out of genuine concerns about rubbish collection.

“This rubbish does not look like household rubbish; it looks as though it was collected from the dump and dropped here.”

While he conceded that there were problems with rubbish collection, he deplored the action of the protesters.

He urged those responsible to remember that several other people also have offices in the building.

“Right next to my door is a crèche, and the children have to walk past this rubbish.

“This could cause serious health problems.”

Meanwhile, residents’ dissatisfaction with the municipality over rubbish collection continues to mount.

Danny Hutheram of Newholmes said that despite assurances by the municipality that the rubbish collection programme would be back on track by yesterday, rubbish in his area has still not been collected.

“The rubbish has not been collected for the past two weeks and I don’t even bother calling waste management because they never assist you,” he said.


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