Former hospital becomes illegal dumping hotspot

This is how the front of the building, an illegal dumpsite on the side of Sakuba Road in KwaZa-khele, looks like.     Photo: NCEBA DLADLA
This is how the front of the building, an illegal dumpsite on the side of Sakuba Road in KwaZa-khele, looks like. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

NELSON Mandela Bay residents living in an area along Salamntu Road in KwaZakhele are complaining about the dilapidated building on the corner of Salamntu Road and Tshawuka Street that used to be a hospital, which is now left in ruins.

“This used to be a hospital. It helped us a lot. I don’t know what happened, but now it is an eye sore,” said Lindile Nkosana (47), a resident.

Nkosana wished the building would be rebuilt for a hospital or be destroyed once and for all. He alleges that it has become a den of thieves and drug-users and the building is a danger to society.

“Due to reasons unknown to us the hospital was closed down and the building was left unattended, destroyed and left for anyone to do or use as they please. Now it is an illegal dumping place and a health hazard because it has become a site where people throw all sorts of things away,” said another concerned resident, Elizabeth Nelani.

She added that there is a stench in the building and that rats, flies and cockroaches own the place.

“Other people use it for a toilet and late at night women and children are dragged and raped there,” said Ward 22 Councillor Nqabakazi Zuma’s assistant Lindiwe Mgijima. According to Mgijima, the old building is also allegedly used for backstreet abortions and it has a stench like that of dead animals.

“As a result, people in the neighbourhood find it difficult to open windows for fresh air in the morning and we are concerned that our children are exposed to germs,” said Nelani.

According to Mgijima, Councillor Zuma receives complaints every day about the building and was concerned about it.

She said the municipality tried to clean the place for the sake of residents’ health some time ago, but could not do it anymore, because the place was privately owned - by former Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Health Director Dr Mamisa Chabula-

Contacted for comment, Dr Chabula-Nxiweni said, “We are aware of the problem and tried to clean the building once. We want to say to the residents that they must bear with us a little longer. We’ll come and clean it this week as someone has shown interest in taking the building over for something else. It is in a bad state and was not easy to sell.”

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
Voting Booth
When assisting your child with remote learning this year, did you:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Follow the school's comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) curriculum?
13% - 110 votes
Adjust the CSE curriculum to suit the family's morals?
24% - 197 votes
Ignore the schools CSE programme and do your own teaching?
63% - 517 votes
Brent Crude
All Share
Top 40
Financial 15
Industrial 25
Resource 10
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo