Rodents roam on beds

2019-02-28 06:00
Anele Nqonqo looking at the reeds. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Anele Nqonqo looking at the reeds. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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“Roaming rodents, buzzing mosquitoes, unbearable smell,”, these are just some of the challenges faced by RR informal settlement residents, in Site B.

This, according to the residents, is as a result of the towering reeds behind their shacks. They say the reeds contain stagnant and filthy water and are also used for a range of activities, including for those answering the call of nature.

These, they say, have led to a surge of rodents and mosquitoes and the reeds have now become a danger to society.

“We hardly fall asleep at night, because of these rodents,” said Anele Nqonqo.

He added that whenever they went to bed, rodents take over the neighbourhood. He said they move like an “army” and destroy everything in their path.

Nqonqo said residents have repeatedly raised their concerns with the City of Cape Town, but their calls for help have fallen on deaf ears. He said it has been almost three years since the reeds were cut and their lives are in danger.

Nqonqo said he is concerned about his children’s livelihood. “We have to keep our children indoors or look after them when they are playing outside,” he told City Vision. Nqonqo added that the City used to clean the area but not any more.

“Many people have contacted tuberculosis because of the odour emanating from the reeds,” he claimed.

Nqonqo added that the body of a young man was found in the reeds in 2016.

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