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Bucket of poop final straw for resident

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The stench coming from the illegal dump is so unbearable that it has forced Alexander to abandon her home and seek refuge at her boyfriend’s house at night

A BUCKET filled with faeces proved to be the final straw for a Greenpoint resident, who has for months complained to the Sol Plaatje Municipality about illegal dumping that is encroaching on her yard.

The bucket of faeces, dumped onto the growing heap of illegal rubbish being dumped in Soga Street, has added to the stench that is making life unbearable for Mittah Alexander and her neighbours.

The stench coming from the illegal dump is so unbearable that it has forced Alexander to abandon her home and seek refuge at her boyfriend’s house at night.

Alexander said yesterday that although she witnessed her own community members dumping rubbish in the area, she is too afraid to say anything.

“This bucket of faeces is just one of the horrors I have to endure. They dump dead animals and more here without a care in the world whether this is someone’s yard.

“I cannot say anything because they threaten to attack me when I try to stop them from dumping in my yard,” said a desperate Alexander yesterday.

Another resident who lives in the same street, Norman Louw, also complained about the unpleasant smell.

The piles of rubbish have also spread to his doorstep.

Louw’s neighbour, Doreen Aasvoel, yesterday raised concerns in regards to their health.

Aasvoel stays with four of her grandchildren, who are all under the age of four years, the youngest being just a week old.

Aasvoel said that she had also gone to the municipality to report the situation out of concern for her newborn grandchild.

Spokesperson for the Sol Plaatje Municipality Sello Matsie promised that the local authority would attend to the matter – just as they treated all other cases of illegal dumping.

He called on the community to refrain from illegal dumping, adding that a similar plea had gone out during last month’s clean-up campaign.

Matsie pointed out that the municipality did its bit by collecting refuse in Greenpoint on a weekly basis but added that members of the community continue to dump illegally.

According to Matsie, it is a “myth” that ward councillors are not reporting these cases to the municipality.

“They report the community’s problems regularly. I also have the councillors’ group chats to attest to that.

“They make it sound like a crisis when they are the ones who allow illegal dumping,” said Matsie.

“A burst pipe is classified as a crisis for the municipality. Not Illegal dumping, because it is preventable.”

Matsie once more urged members of the community to report and expose the illegal dumpers to the municipality so that they could be issued with fines.