COMMUTERS COMPLAIN OF UNSANITARY CONDITIONS
Written by: Zama Ngcoya
Occupants of Durban’s Soldiers Way taxi rank have expressed their discontent about the unsanitary conditions at the rank.
According to taxi commuter, Clinton Malunga, an unbearable odour of urine can be smelt from all corners of the taxi rank, with litter floating everywhere.
“The smell of urine is sickening, and the litter on the floor makes it difficult to even walk from one end of the rank to the other,” said an unhappy Malunga.
He admits that although municipal cleaners can be seen doing their jobs every day, the rank becomes dirty again by noon.
“Cleaners are always here doing their jobs so they are not to be blamed, but instead, the people who use this taxi rank. There are dustbins everywhere but people still throw their dirt on the floor. Also instead of going to the toilets to do their business, they find the nearest corner and urinate carelessly there,” added Malunga.
Taxi driver, Sibusiso Ntshangase said that they are exposed to many sicknesses as they spend hours at the taxi rank.
“We don’t only have to witness the dirt laying everywhere, but we also have to put up with the terrible smell of urine. This makes it difficult to work as we are here for a long time every day, exposing ourselves to sicknesses such as TB,” explained Ntshangase.
Ntshangase urged fellow rank occupants to work hand-in-hand with the municipality to keep the area clean.
Ethekwini Municipality’s Emanuel Mntambo said that they were not aware of the complaints as no one had come forward to report their dissatisfaction.
“We did not know that there was such a situation at the rank as no one had come to inform us of such. Cleaners are deployed there from 6am to 10pm to clean every day so this comes as a surprise to us,” said Mntambo.
Mntambo added that there are many taxis operating at the rank, and the number of commuters using it makes it difficult to keep the entire rank clean, however, further steps will be taken by the municipality to ensure that the rank is kept clean at all times.
*Picture: Taxis parked alongside the Soldiers Way Taxi Rank