AfriForum’s Durban branches demand answers from eThekweni metro

The AfriForum branches in the Durban area on 5 August sent a letter to the eThekweni Metropolitan Municipality to demand answers to a number of complaints. This follows after several complaints have already been submitted to this municipality about, among others, power problems, streetlights that are out of order and serious sewage leaks. The areas affected are Amanzimtoti, Pinetown an Queensburgh.

“Some of these problems, including the sewage leaks, already existed before the floods in April this year. However, the problems are now so much worse and we are heading for a disaster with sewage flowing freely into rivers,” says Reinette Mostard, Chairperson of the Pinetown branch.

“The sewage leak near Kuswag Skool is so bad that it is unpleasant for learners to attend school and it poses health and ecological risks,” says Jannie van Staden, Chairperson of the Amanzimtoti branch.

“Furthermore, we have tremendous challenges with electric cables that are regularly stolen and streetlights that do not work. The streetlights that are out of order lead to an increase in crime and our people feel unsafe. Our streets were damaged after the floods and repairs are extremely slow,” adds Mosterd.

“It is unacceptable that communities have to wait so long and that complaints have to be made before the problems receive attention. Disaster funds have been made available and these repairs should have started a long time ago. We have requested several meetings with the municipality’s relevant department heads, but the meetings are just postponed,” says Eugene van Aswegen, District Coordinator for KwaZulu-Natal.

“We also requested to meet with the management of the municipality to discuss these problems and possible oppositions,” he concludes.

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