Blocked toilets make life unbearable for Masiphumelele wetlands residents

2017-05-13 07:17
Residents in the Masiphumelele wetlands area are desperate for the City of Cape Town to fix these blocked toilets. (Thembela Ntongana)

Residents in the Masiphumelele wetlands area are desperate for the City of Cape Town to fix these blocked toilets. (Thembela Ntongana)

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Cape Town - Residents of Z section in the wetlands informal settlement in Masiphumelele have for the past months been living with blocked toilets. Faeces lies all over the place.

Two weeks ago the problem got worse, GroundUp reports.

The area has 12 toilets which are now all blocked. The smell is unbearable. Yet small children play near the faeces. Residents cannot use one of the taps and have to go to other sections to use taps and toilets, or they use buckets at home.

Lindela Sikhonda, Z section community leader, said that since afire last year February the area has been like that. “The toilets will block and be fixed. Then the same day they would block again but now they have just become worse.”

“It is a bad situation because that was the open space where our children played. It is where the taps are but now people can’t access the taps,” he said. Officials at the City of Cape Town told him that the blockages were caused by people discarding debris behind the toilets after the fire in order to make space to rebuild their shacks. This debris has blocked the pipes.

Resident Nozibele Qika does not stay far from the toilets she said the smell is too much. “How do you eat when there is such a smell, we can’t even drink the water coming from the taps because there are faeces everywhere,” she said. Qika said she has to go to another section to fetch water.

Also many people with friends in formal housing go there to use toilets.

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