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Sewage forces family out of their home

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A resident in Galeshewe was forced to move her family out of their home after their entire yard became flooded with raw sewage.

A family was forced to move out of their home after their entire yard became flooded with sewage. Picture: Soraya Crowie

A RESIDENT in Galeshewe was forced to move her family out of their home after their entire yard became flooded with raw sewage.

Nadeli Moloto, who lives in Malunga Street, had to move her elderly wheelchair-bound mother and 10-year-old daughter to her sister’s house in Phutunang after their home was flooded with sewage.

Moloto said she noticed last week that the sewage was flowing out of an outside drain and that the situation became progressively worse. She called the municipality and they arrived on Sunday afternoon.

“They just looked into my yard and saw the sewage. They then told me that they will unblock the manhole which is situated two houses down from me.

“My mother is in a wheelchair. I cannot even take her outside as the back and front of the house are covered in sewage. It is a health risk to my 10-year-old daughter who is asthmatic. I had to move them out of the house,” Moloto added. “Only the front patio and walkway is still visible but I don’t know for how long I will still have access to my house,” she said

“The workers unblocked the manhole although I did not think it was the cause of the flooding. They left while nothing was done to the drain in my backyard.

Moloto said that on Monday she went to the Department of Water and Sanitation at the municipality to try to get assistance. “While I was there the lady called the sanitation people to come to my place but until now no-one has been back to assist me, ” a frustrated Moloto said.

“On Tuesday I posted my dire situation on Facebook and received a response to say that municipal workers were in my street to unblock another manhole.

“I pleaded with them to come and assist me with my block drain but they blatantly refused. When they left they did not even close the manhole completely.”

Municipal spokesperson, Thoko Riet, said that their sanitation team found sand, stones and other foreign objects between the two manholes in Malunga Street which caused the blockages. “We are waiting for the jetvac to clear the manholes,” Riet said.

A family was forced to move out of their home after their entire yard was flooded with drain water. Picture: Soraya Crowie
The back yard of a home in Malunga Street is completely flooded with drain water. Picture: Soraya Crowie
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