Imbali residents tired of empty promises

RESIDENTS from Imbali Unit 2 on Thekwane Road have threatened to take further steps if the municipality does not attend to the flooding of their homes whenever it rains.

These residents say that the municipality dug up a hole behind their houses and left it unfixed.

They say the hole was meant to help carry water through to the river but instead it does the complete opposite as the water from the hole overflows into their houses.

Mondli Ndlela who spoke to Echo said they are tired of the empty promises that are always made by the municipality.

He said: “We have been reporting this matter for the past 20 years but the municipality always tells us the same thing, that they will come and fix this problem.

We are tired of waiting now. This is damaging our houses.

I have rebuilt my brick wall at the back three times.

“If it rains the water from that hole comes into our houses and damages our floor and furniture. In my house water trickles through the passage and it is damaging my house,” he said.

He said that is not the only problem that they are facing. Sewage from the houses that were built next to the houses also flows onto his property.

“All their sewage comes into our yard because their houses are built high.

We have to clean that up but the smell will remain for days.

It is about time the municipality does something about this. We have had enough.”

Another resident said the situation has stopped him from building a house in his yard.

He said his material is getting damaged and he can not continue with building because of the water that is overflowing from the hole.

The Nzaca family said they do not have any furniture left due to it all being damaged by the water coming from the hole.

“Even our television no longer works because once it rains the house becomes a swimming pool.

This is very painful because we can’t even buy new furniture because it will get damaged as well.

This is a serious issue and the municipality must come and finish what they started,” said one of the family members.

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