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.
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