After complaining to the Sol Plaatje Municipality for three weeks about a blocked sewerage drain, a Cassandra resident watched as used condoms floated amidst the raw sewage past the furniture in his lapa.
AFTER complaining to the Sol Plaatje Municipality for three weeks about a blocked sewerage drain, a Cassandra resident watched as used condoms floated amidst the raw sewage past the furniture in his lapa.
McHardy Avenue resident, Hansie Galloway, said he had tried repeatedly for more than three weeks to get the municipality to attend to the overflowing drain.
“We kept on phoning but we never received a reference number. It seemed like it was the cleaners or other workers who were answering the phones because they kept saying that they would report it to the relevant sections, but we never received any joy. Eventually on Saturday we received a reference number but no-one came out.”
Galloway said the raw sewage had flooded his garden and flowed into his lapa, damaging his furniture.
“I demand that everyone who lives on these premises be tested for Covid-19 and I also want the municipality to compensate me for all my furniture that has been damaged,” he stated yesterday.
According to Galloway, the stench from the raw sewage was unbearable. “This is definitely a health risk,” he added.
Municipal spokesperson, Thoko Riet, said the pump station in Cassandra was in and out of order for about two weeks. “Our electricians have, however, fixed the pump station now.”
She added that the workers had also responded to the complaint in McHardy Avenue. “They were there on Monday and managed to find the problem which was a blockage on the main line.”
She said that all the drains were unblocked. “We will continuously monitor the line to avoid future blockages. We regret the inconvenience to the residents.”