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Residents face a river of raw sewage

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A contractor to fix the sewage leakages had still not been appointed yet, as promised by the municipality

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RESIDENTS in Blikkiesdorp in Barkly West are facing a river of raw sewage that is running through the informal settlement after a sewage pipe was temporarily fixed at the Barkly West Primary School.

Dikgatlong independent councillor, Mentley Bezuidenhout, said this has resulted in the sewage being diverted from the school to Blikkiesdorp.

“I am in the process of lodging a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission because people cannot be expected to live under these inhumane conditions. The smell of sewage is foul and poses a major health risk, especially to children who might play in it and fall sick. This is while residents in Bufferzone have no access to water.”

Residents in Spitskop Road in De Beershoogte also added that the sewage was still running.

Bezuidenhout said a contractor to fix the sewage leakages had still not been appointed yet, as promised by the municipality.

“The tender has been re-advertised.”

The Dikgatlong Municipality could not be reached for comment.