SEWAGE LEAK A PROB­LEM IN MARSELLE SINCE SEPTEM­BER

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Asewage leak in Marselle has caused anger among com­mu­nity mem­bers as a stench em­anates from the spill, es­pe­cially when it’s hot.

Peo­ple com­plain that the smell is go­ing to make them sick and they fear their chil­dren will also con­tract a dis­ease from the leak be­cause it is in be­tween their houses.

The leak started at the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber and it was re­ported to the mu­nic­i­pal of­fices in Ken­ton. Work­ers have at­tended the scene twice, and started digging there, but left with­out fix­ing the prob­lem.

Prop­erty owner Fezek­ile Ziqula, who is af­fected by the sewage leak the most, ex­pressed how dis­pleased he was with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and how slowly they at­tend to is­sues that need im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion. “I never thought it would take this long to fix this.

“We keep on hear­ing about prob­lems from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in­stead of them giv­ing us so­lu­tions,” Ziqula said.

“It’s such a shame that they know that we ex­ist only when it’s time for us to vote for them. We only want this prob­lem to be fixed. It’s been months now since we have re­ported this and the smell is re­ally un­bear­able,” he said.

An­other com­mu­nity mem­ber, Mal­i­bongwe Klaas, who also lives close by, shared the same sen­ti­ments about the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and how the smell was af­fect­ing them.

“They came re­cently and did some digging in the place where it’s leak­ing but they didn’t stay. Af­ter that they left with­out in­form­ing us when they are com­ing back again, but the fol­low­ing day we saw them driv­ing past here in the same van they came with. We re­ally need this leak to be taken care off. We have had enough of the smell. Can some­body come and fix this prob­lem once and for all,” Klaas said.

Mu­nic­i­pal spokesper­son Ce­cil Mbolekwa said that the leaks were caused by con­crete stones block­ing the man­holes.

“The team is cur­rently busy re­mov­ing the stones to un­block the sys­tem,” he said.

“The de­lays are caused by the use of TLB – un­der­stand that there is one TLB that ser­vices the en­tire mu­nic­i­pal area. We are con­fi­dent that our team will work hard to fin­ish the work,” said Mbolekwa.

Pic­ture: NTOMBI MSUTU

PROB­LEM NOT FIXED: A sewage spill in Marselle that has not been fixed since Septem­ber, af­ter res­i­dents re­ported the prob­lem to the mu­nic­i­pal of­fices in Ken­ton-on-Sea. They say the stench is un­bear­able, es­pe­cially when it is hot

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