Cape Town - Gugulethu residents say they are fed-up with a blocked sewer which causes “rivers of foul-smelling water” to flow into their homes and in the street.
Resident Mpumi Simani, 24, says over the past week residents in Albert Shweni Street (NY28) have had to deal with the stench of raw sewage and resorted to using buckets as they were unable to flush their toilets.
“The drain was overflowing and the water pushed up into our yards. We could not use our toilet for almost a week because the water would not go down, so we had to use buckets and it is very unhealthy,” Mpumi says.
“I contacted the City of Cape Town and they said we must wait for 48 hours, but we waited longer than that. This is not the first time this has happened and it started at the beginning of the year. Every time they fix it and it just happens again.”
Mawethu Gantsho, 59, chairperson of the street committee, says the force of the poo water caused the heavy drain cover to burst open.
“A four-year-old boy nearly fell inside because the cover was open,” he says.