LACK OF SERVICES DELIVERY THREATENS COMMUTERS
*Caption: The overflowing Umfongosi River
Written by: Nokulunga Khalishwayo
The lack of service delivery in Umlazi C-section has left commuters in fear of the upcoming Spring rains, but most importantly of their lives.
The Umfongosi River overflows every time there is heavy rain. It has overflowed over a period of three weeks due to dirt and waste that is thrown into the river and the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Solid Waste workers have not been collecting the waste.
Cllr Nomusa Mthembu said, “It is not the waste that causes the overflow of the river, it is caused by heavy rains that are caused by global warming we are experiencing.”
She further added that the reason for waste not being collected routinely was because the garbage trucks were broken, however, the waste is being collected weekly.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) candidate for councillorship Thabiso Gumbi said, “People need to change they vote because it is clear that the ANC is failing to deliver the basic services to the people.”
Lelethi Nomiya*, a resident of Umlazi C-section living near the river, said: “It’s all sorts of waste that is being thrown into the river from baby diapers, garden and household waste and even old appliances.”
“We are unable to cross the bridge to get to school and now we have to wake up extra early and use a longer route in order to get to school,” she added.
Commuters feel as though their lives are in danger. The water gets into their households destroying their yards, furniture and appliances.
Thabiso Gumbi (74) said that she has had to replace a lot of her appliances.
“I’ve had to buy appliances countless times but what’s worse is that if it rains in the middle of the night, who would hear our cries then?” she asked.
Sikhona Nxumalo shared the same sentiments as Gumbi.
“My biggest fear is my health because the water is dirty and filthy. It even smells very bad and attracts a lot of mosquitoes. “I’m afraid we might even attract unknown diseases,” said Nxumalo.
*not her real name