eThekwini mayor more concerned about his dancing and singing career than fixing sewage crisis

DURBAN — The sewage flowing into a river in Newlands East is one of many sewage issues that prosecutors in KwaZulu-Natal will highlight this week during their latest sweep inspections of sewage hotspots in the community of eThekwini.

Two weeks ago, the Daily News reported on a disgruntled contractor in Newlands East who called officers in eThekwini “incompetent” for being unable to fix a “simple” broken sewer pipe next to Ferndale Primary School since April.

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During the floods, the river flowed over a culvert along Galjoen Road, damaging a dam and exposing an underground sewer. Since then, untreated sewage has flowed into the river, the unbearable stench of which worries school children and local residents.

On Monday, DA KwaZulu-Natal Chair Dean Macpherson said that although the eThekwini community has been made aware, nothing has been done to address the community’s sewage crisis, which stems from years of infrastructure neglect that is now worsening became the floods.

He had visited the broken sewer pipe in Newlands East where sewage flows into the Umgeni River all the way to the sea, causing beaches to be closed.

He said residents took the brunt of it and instead of addressing the issue, the mayor was more concerned about his singing and dancing career.

In a video, Macpherson described the video of the sewage as horrifying.

“The community has been made aware of this since the April floods and nothing has been done about it. Just to my left is a school where small children are forced to smell that horrid stench. Residents are inundated and harassed by mosquitoes and they cannot sleep at night because of the poisonous smell coming from this river.

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“Instead of solving this problem, we have a mayor who is more worried about his dancing and singing career than actually solving this crisis, and it really is a crisis now.

“The community has been warned about this, and the only answer to residents so far is they’ll fix it eventually, unquoted, how long… longer do they have to wait?” asked Macpherson.

“The prosecutor’s office will continue to fight for the residents. We will fight to clean up this mess, clean up our rivers and reopen our beaches as soon as possible,” he said.

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Although the community of eThekwini has been made aware of this, nothing has been done to address the community’s sanitation crisis, which stems from years of infrastructure neglect, now exacerbated by the #[email protected] pic.twitter.com /cuHuUeFLpu

— DA KZN (@DA_KZN) September 19,

From Wednesday through Thursday, Macpherson will lead the final leg of the prosecutor’s supervisory inspections of sewer leak hotspots across the community.

He is assisted by DA eThekwini constituency leaders and councillors. This is because communities continue to bear the brunt of the community’s failure to procure and maintain wastewater infrastructure.

Prosecutors said they have been conducting community-wide inspections for a month. After the inspection, the DA will use the information to make suggestions and possible legal action against eThekwini management.

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Details of the Wednesday 21 September 2022 visits are:

Center of Durban

Time: 10 a.m

Address: Outside King Edward Hospital (Sydney Rd, Umbilo, Durban, 4013)

Time: 11 a.m

Address: Bluff National Golf Course (Van Riebeeckpark, Bluff, 4052)

Inanda, Ntuzuma and Kwa Mashu

Time: 2.30 p.m

Address: Ntuzuma D-Street 121626

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