Umlazi sinks in filth
Nosipho Po Gumede
The streets of Umlazi have become a haven for solid waste, with piles of waste in almost every corner increasing every week. Unbearable smells on the roads as one drives by are also impossible to escape.
This follows the debacle between eThekwini and disgruntled waste collecting contractors who were left without jobs after the municipality introduced insourcing. Residents are now stuck in the middle, and Umlazi has turned into a filthy infested township.
“This filth is actually degrading and tarnishing our township/ community and it is unacceptable,” says one of the residents who identified herself as Mam’ Sibiya.
“This is very unhygienic, we can’t have our children playing outside because of this filth. We fear for their health,” says Ntombi Ndlovu who also resides in Umlazi.
Some residents have resorted to burning the piles of waste in different sections of Umlazi, but this is still not enough since not everything is flammable or can burn out.
After the attack on the in sourced waste collectors that happened last Friday in Umlazi C section, waste collection has since stopped.
Picture: Nosipho Gumede