North West residents take sewage matter into their own hands

By IAfrica
In South Africa
Aug 27th, 2014

MMAKAU, North West – Another community in the notorious Madibeng municipality is up in arms about poor service delivery.

Mmakau locals say raw sewage has been flowing past their doors since May.

They’re blaming the municipality, which came under fire in January when it emerged that several towns hadn’t had running water for months.

This time, locals are worried the unsanitary conditions are perfect for the outbreak of diseases such as cholera.

Resident met with municipal officials in May, asking for the sewage pipes to be fixed.

Desperate now, they’ve built a makeshift dam wall to divert the dirty water away from their homes.

Earlier this year, residents in nearby Majakaneng and Mothotlung staged protests after they had no running water for several months.

Madibeng is one of several municipalities in the North West that was placed under administration for mismanagement of finances and infrastructure.

Residents say it’s clear the municipality doesn’t care, as it’s done nothing to stop the raw sewage from flowing through their homes.

Community members insist taking matters into their own hands is the obvious solution.

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