Family home a hazard

2018-07-27 06:01

FOR years, a local family has been forced to endure terrible living conditions at their home in the Bhongweni area in Kokstad.

Since 2013, the family has been subject to the after-effects of two nearby blocked sewer drains which have caused their yard to become a dangerous place and a health hazard, especially for the children in residence.

Siphokazi Nokhwabuza, Nontlahla Ntshangase and Nomonde Ntshangase live with six children, who they say are unable to enjoy playing outdoors due to the muddy and smelly condition of the yard.

When the Fevervisited their home on Tuesday, there was a terrible stench in the air and the yard was indeed muddy and stinking.

The five year-old boy who lives with them is afflicted with a rash on his legs and feet. This has turned into sores, which his mother Nokhwabuza said developed two months ago.

Nokhwabuza added that the boy did not attend school for about two weeks in June because he was told to stay home and return when the sores had healed.

“I took my child to a local clinic and was given medication but it didn’t help. Another child from next door also developed sores and was healed after he was taken to clinic,” said a distraught Nokhwabuza.

Nomonde, who has lived in the area since 1980, said the drains have been blocked since 2013. She said officials from the Harry Gwala District Water and Sanitation Department have tried fixing the drains but there was no improvement. She also stated that previous councillors have been made aware of their situation, including politicians.

“After the story of blocked drains was publicised in the media in 2013, municipal officials tried fixing the drains but the problem started again three months later.

“We are at risk of getting diseases because of stinking drains,” she said.

The family has already had to deal with incidences of vomiting and diarrhoea which the blame on the blocked drains. Questions were sent to Harry Gwala District Municipality were but no response was forthcoming at the time of going to press.

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