Heat raises a stink

2018-10-18 06:00
Stagnant water and refuse are a common sight in Kanana.    PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Stagnant water and refuse are a common sight in Kanana. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Kanana residents in Gugulethu are up in arms and are accusing their councillor Bongani Ngcombolo of failing to perform his job.

Irate residents say they are living in appalling conditions with no help from Ngcombolo, and numerous efforts to get help have drawn blank. Roads across the neighbourhood are littered with dirt, and with temperatures rising over the last few days, flies permeate the space, as residents expect the situation to get worse.

Stagnant water is making things even more difficult.

Nobambo Sinyono,54, described their living conditions as “disgusting” and compared them to a pigsty. “Our lives are in danger,” she said, adding that the stagnant stream of water contributed to their misery. “We have been living like this for four months now,” she said.

Sinyono said the water also caused a terrible stench in the community and they have to keep the doors and windows closed throughout the day.

“It’s even difficult to breath, especially when you close the doors,” she said.

Rats and rodents are another challenge. They apparently bite people in the night and drag waste onto the streets.

Sinyono said: “Big rats bite by night. And they also drag refuse from outside and bring them into the shack,” she stated.

Nosihle Gazi said cleaning services were halted without their knowledge.

“And when we ask our councillor about them(services), he has no ready answers,” said Gazi.

She added that the lack of cleaning services has led to the spread of diseases such as rash and ringworms among children.

Gazi said they planned to organise a “special meeting” with Ngcombolo, City officials and the company that is meant to clean the area.

Ngcombolo said he was aware of the poor living conditions in the area. He claimed the cleaning company was chased away by a group of residents. “There are some residents who have their own interests. They wanted to take over from that company,” said Ngcombolo. He said he hoped to address some of the concerns during a pending meeting with other stakeholders.

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