Raw sewage has been overflowing an alarming rate in Lephalale’s Onverwacht suburb in Limpopo, and busy streets in the Central Business District (CBD).
This has been happening since April, but Lephalale Local municipality is doing little to stop it, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said in a statement.
DA Councillor, Sybil Nieuwoudt said residents are now being subjected to a smell that stinks to high heaven from sewers, overflowing in their yards, businesses, and FET college.
She claims when her party raises the sewer issue, the municipality responds with excuses.
Instead, said Niewoudt, the authorities say the pumps are in excellent working condition, blaming residents for throwing foreign objects into the pumps.
In a notice to the residents, the municipality said that it appointed an expert in September to repair and refurbish the sewer network in Onverwacht at Huilhos and Haakbos streets.
According to the notice, the project involves planning, designing, supervising, constructing, and commissioning a new 140-meter outfall sewerage pipeline with manholes.
Nieuwoudt said she brought the issue up with the Lephalale Local Municipality Executive Manager, Steven Metleni, who resigned a few months ago, but the spill persists.
She said no one is eager to fix the problem.
“DA and the community denounce the frequent sewage overflows, posing a health risk,” said Nieuwoudt.
DA says sewerage pumps are not working, to worsen the situation, municipality is not maintaining the infrastructure.
“Municipality never secured the drains. Despite paying for security at major pump stations, DA has never spotted a security guard on-site when conducting oversight inspections,” said Nieuwoudt.
In the Onverwacht suburb, a continuous sewage overflow affects the FET College, according to Nieuwpoort.
“The sewage is gushing outside the main entrance used by students and lecturers between the main buildings and lecture halls. The sewage stinks to high heaven. This is a health hazard,” she said.
Nieuwoudt said DA plans to file a complaint with the Environmental Management Inspectorate against the Municipality for failing to fix its major sewage pipe, which burst in April this year.