Jozini Residents Suffer Raw Sewage Spills

27 November 2014.

The IFP has lambasted the uMkhanyakude District Municipality and Jozini Municipality about their failure to fix a sewage spill in the towns of Jozini and Mkhuze which has not been attended to for weeks now. 

"I don't think anybody needs to live with that. We are concerned about this, because this is a serious health risk and should not be allowed to continue. If the municipality employed competent workers with appropriate skills to deal with basic service delivery, issues like these shouldn't exist. Both towns are filthy and stink but the municipalities do not care to fix the problem," said IFP MPL in Jozini, Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa. 

"I'm also worried about children, business people and the community at large because they are the ones who are affected by this situation. Coming in contact with raw sewage puts people at risk of contracting a number of illnesses, many of which cause severe diarrhoea and pose particular dangers to young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems," continued Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa. 

"We urge the affected municipality to establish an early detection unit as well as to put a continuous maintenance plan in place, so as to ensure that these spills are identified early and infrastructure is maintained regularly. If the municipality fails to react to this request, it will leave the IFP with no other option but to lay charges in terms of legislation against the Municipal Manager in his or her personal capacity," concluded Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa. 

 

Issued by:
IFP MPL, Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL, 071 884 3844 or 079 114 3015 

For Media Enquiries:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Officer, 073 024 5675