Raw sewage in her vegetable garden

2019-11-27 06:02
Geeta Gosai points out the area where sewage destroyed her vegetables. photo: andile sithole

Geeta Gosai points out the area where sewage destroyed her vegetables. photo: andile sithole

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A FRUSTRATED 72-year-old woman in Greytown has called on the uMzinyathi District Municipality to launch an investigation after municipal employees allegedly caused sewage to spill into her yard where it ruined her vegetable garden.

Geeta Gosai — a small-scale farmer and a grandmother — told the Gazette that municipal workers were unblocking a sewage pipe at her neighbour’s yard when raw sewage started spilling into her yard.

“I plant vegetables and sell them to the community to generate income for my family. My green beans, herbs, mealies and peas were affected when the sewage flooded my garden.

“I asked the municipal workers to try to avoid letting the sewage spill into my yard, but I was told: ‘we cannot do anything.’

“I am furious about this because I sell these vegetables to the community,” she said.

Gosai said her son visited the uMzinyathi District Municipality offices on Monday, November 18 to alert the officials of the issue.

“I also visited the uMzinyathi office and asked the officials to send their teams to my yard to remove the crux of the sewage, but nothing happened. I did not get any joy from this office — they ignored us.

I want them [municipality] to come remove the raw sewage from my yard because it is not our duty to remove it.”

When the Gazette contacted Ward councillor Wilson Khoza for comment, he said a team from the municipality will visit the family: “I contacted the supervisor and asked him to investigate. He is going to visit the family and inspect the damage at Gosai’s home.” Spokesperson for uMzinyathi District Municipality, Nomonde Nzimakwe, said their office was not aware of the incident, adding that they will send a team to investigate.

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