Street filth invades school

2019-03-13 06:01
PHOTO: byrone athmanPaul Roux points at a bridge outside the school which is littered with rubbish and under which vagrants frequently set up shelters.

PHOTO: byrone athmanPaul Roux points at a bridge outside the school which is littered with rubbish and under which vagrants frequently set up shelters.

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HEAPS of rubbish, vagrant shelters that smell of faeces and urine, endless amounts of condom wrappers and the uncontrollable presence of pests are some of the things that St Christopher’s School staff and children must deal with daily.

The school in Pine Street, which is situated next to a dead end, has experienced these issues for a very long time, this according to maintenance manager Paul Roux, who gave the Maritzburg Fever a first-hand look at what the school is dealing with.

“There are vagrants who are setting up shelters just outside our school and using these premises as their toilets, causing unbearable smells. People are fornicating right outside our school during the day and especially at night, leaving behind their used condoms outside a school for children,” said Roux.

Roux said that previously the municipality had been to the school once or twice but they had cleaned up minimally and with the least amount of effort on their part.

“The municipal workers who come here once in a blue moon remove a bit of dirt on the road but leave dirt and all other kinds of things to lie here and attract pests,” said Roux.

Teachers who wished to remain anonymous say that they are plagued by rats that run through the corridors during the day.

“It is the most disgusting thing to work in the corridors and have rats run over and on your feet,” said one teacher.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Thobeka­ Mafumbatha­ confirmed via e-mail that the necessary officials would respond to the school with one official stating that the matter would be acted upon once the necessary vehicles were available.

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