Sewage locks residents indoors

2019-04-11 06:01
Gert Holby standing in front of his yard looking to the sewage.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Gert Holby standing in front of his yard looking to the sewage.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Residents at Joe Slovo Street in Samora Machel are stuck inside their houses and closing their gates to protect their children from playing in the sewage that is flowing on the street.

They said it’s been almost two weeks that they have stayed indoors. The stench is also unbearable.

One of the resident Gert Holby, who has lived in the street for the past five years, described their living conditions as terrible. He claimed the sewage is caused by blockages in another streets.

“This whole thing is coming from other streets and gets stuck here. We are unable to go out now and even if we go out we must use a plank to cross the dirty water,” said Holby.

He said they’ve reported it to the councillor on numerous occasions but nothing concrete is happening.

“The City employees fix it today and after two days the drain blocks again. I think the City needs to change the whole system because the entire Samora has a drainage problem,” he said adding that when it’s raining streets flood.

Holby said he took his young children to Mitchell’s Plain in an attempt to protect them from the mess.

“This is bad for children because they are playing in the dirty water,” he said.

Ward councillor Sithembiso Mzobe of ward 33 described the issue of the blockage in sewer systems the main challenge. He said the City is trying by all means to fix them permanently.

“We are waiting for the City to appoint a contractor that is going to change almost the whole infrastructure in the area. Because the infrastructure that we currently have does not allow carrying the whole population,” said Mzobe.

He stated that Samora Machel is over populated, however, he is not sure when the City will appoint a new contractor.

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