Good Party secretary-general Brett Herron took to Twitter to call out the City of Cape Town regarding their service delivery. Herron, who recently visited Langa, issued a statement concerning residents who have been logging complaints with the City since May 2021.
In the statement, Herron goes on to say that “according to residents, when the City sends officials out, they take photographs and never return. The same process has repeated itself over and over again for months.”
“No middle-class community would tolerate, or be expected to tolerate, stepping stones across a sea of sewerage and stormwater, in order to access their homes,” Herron adds.
In his tweet, the politician asked the City of Cape Town when they plan on cleaning the sewerage spills, citing health hazards like Diarrhoeal disease.
Hey @CityofCT, when will you be cleaning up the sewerage spills? It’s been months.
There are serious health hazards including Diarrhoeal disease which is a leading cause of death in young children.
People are living there.
Children are playing there.
Fix it already! #sanitation pic.twitter.com/gp0aoMMM94
— Brett Herron 🇿🇦 (@brettherron) July 20, 2021
This was the City of Cape Town’s response:
1. I was there y’day without law enforcement or security & was perfectly safe.
2. Community predicted you would try blame intimidation.
3. Samora Machel is not in Langa.
4. Clean up the spilt sewage in zones 24 & 25 immediately.
5. Will meet you there if you’re afraid. https://t.co/uZCbVjq9g6
— Brett Herron 🇿🇦 (@brettherron) July 18, 2021
Meanwhile, according to IOL, Mayco member for water and waste, Xanthea Limberg said that five service requests of sewer blockages at private toilets were received and logged for Church Street since May. However, after conducting a CCTV pipe conditional assessment in June, no defects were shown in the City’s pipeline.
She added that the City has been making effort to fix the collapsed sewer pipeline in Zone 20, which occurred in mid-June but has “not yet been able to repair the collapsed sewer affecting the zones due to the safety risk to staff.”