The Democratic Alliance (DA) has filed a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against the Greater Letaba Municipality after it failed to fix sewage pipes that are currently spewing sewage into people’s houses and the Goue Jare Old Age Home in Modjadjiskloof. This is putting the lives of elderly citizens at the old age home at risk.
The sewage problem came to light following a DA oversight inspection. We were informed by residents that the sewage has been flowing non stop for over two weeks. Our attempts to contact municipal officials and get the problem fixed have been unsuccessful.
The old age home has over 50 elderly citizens that are forced to live with the reeking smell on a daily basis.
It is clear that the well-being of residents has been seriously compromised due to an uncaring ANC government and its lack of empathy to prioritise basic services to our residents.
Failure to fix the sewerage is a clear contravention of Section 107 of National Environmental Management Act and Section 24 of the Constitution that stipulates that people have a right to a healthy and clean environment.
The DA will further report the matter to the Green Scorpions to investigate the municipality for failing to fix this sewerage spillage and to hold the officials accountable for causing a health risks to the residents.
The DA urges both SAHRC as well as the environmental inspectors to commence with their investigations with immediate effect and ensure that their recommendations are adhered to and implemented urgently.