Pond poses health risk

2019-08-29 06:01
Some residents looking at the pond. From left: Nophelele Mqikela, Ndileka Kamte and Mkhululi Gigi.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Some residents looking at the pond. From left: Nophelele Mqikela, Ndileka Kamte and Mkhululi Gigi.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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Disgruntled Lower Crossroads residents barricaded the busy R300 freeway with burning tyres calling on the City of Cape Town to sort out a nearby pond.

The protest started on Thursday 22 August and continued on Friday 23 August where residents allegedly burned two municipal trucks at Ngqwangi Street.

They claimed they reported the matter to the ward councillor Mboniswa Chita on numerous occasions but nothing has happened.

Resident Ambesiwe Solani said it has been almost a decade since they requested the City to close the pond but their requests fell on deaf ears. She said the pond is filthy.

She said all the previous councillors were notified of the problem. “Even the current councillor is fully aware of the situation,” said Solani. She described the pond as a danger to the community. “Firstly, we have a problem with the sewerage system that always bursts in our area. Now we have the challenge of this pond next to our houses. It smells bad,” she said adding that human excrement is clearly visible.

Solani said all the sewage from the drains in Lower Crossroads is flowing into the area. She said they are concerned about the children.

“Our children have ringworms and suffer from diarrhoea because of the sewage. And there are mosquitoes which are coming into our houses at night,” said Solani.

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