‘No human being deserves this’

2018-09-12 06:01
PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanyaBrian Dladla points to the burst sewerage pipe.

PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanyaBrian Dladla points to the burst sewerage pipe.

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MSUNDUZI Municipality has been accused of “not caring” and turning a “deaf ear” by the Dladla family in Imbali after failing to fix a burst sewer pipe that has caused faeces to flow into their yard.

The family says that the pipe burst two weeks ago and they reported the matter to the municipality but it is still not fixed.

Speaking to Echo, Mumsy Dladla, who is the home owner, said this is not the first time that this has happened and they do not know what to do anymore.

“Usually when it happens we call the municipality immediately and they come to fix it. We don’t know why they [municipality] are not fixing it this time.

“Since it happened we have all been trying to call them but they only came to check the problem three days later. They opened the pipe and then left.

“They promised to come back with machines that would clean the pipe but we have not heard from them.

“ When I call the municipality and they realise it’s me, they just drop the phone and after that it rings unanswered.

“This has shown us that they don’t care about us. We are living with faeces in our yard. We can’t even open the doors and windows because of the terrible smell.

“The children are now unable to play outside because the whole yard is wet and full of faeces. No human being deserves to live like this,” she said.

Dladla said that what makes the situation worse is that the sewerage pipe does not belong to them, it belongs to other people who live in Unit J.

“We always become the victims of the things that we do not even use. We put toilets here but we have to deal with the sewage problem as if we benefiting from it. The people who are using it are living happily and we are suffering.

“The bad smell is getting worse each day and it is starting to give us headaches because it is too strong. We are scared that we will get sick now.

“We have even tried to open the trench that directs some of the overflowing water and faeces into the nearest river but still it is not enough. We have run out of options now.”

The Dladla family are not the only ones who are suffering from this problem — people who frequent he road when coming and going to work, and children who are going to school, especially the young ones, are now forced to walk on the faeces as it is overflowing into the road.

Zothile Ndlovu, who uses the road everyday when she waits for a taxi to work, said the situation is worsening everyday, not only for the family who lives in the house but for pedestrians too.Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha was asked for comment but none was forthcoming at the time of deadline.

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