Manyama Family held hostage by raw sewage for 12 years


By Theodorah Mawasha

MTHEMBEKA VILLAGE: As the local Government elections draw closer, many South Africans are continually expressing their concerns over lack of service delivery.

Mapula Manyama from Mthembeka village under Greater Letaba Municipality is one of the many citizens, who expressed a loss of interest in the voting ballot.

This is mainly due to the sewage that has been at her home for the past 12 years.

Speaking exclusively to Tzaneen Voice, the disgruntled Manyama said that she has lost confidence in the ruling party and is threatening to boycott the upcoming elections.

There is sewage water running all over her yard and she detailed furiously how councilors and political party members alike have been to her home to assess the problem and promised to have it sorted since 2009 but to no avail.

“I have had this problem of stinking sewerage for over a decade now. Politician after politician have been here, some have even retired. What they do is make empty promises,” said Manyama

Manyama went as far as questioning herself on how she will gain confidence in anticipating the changes that she was promised.

Sewage water running all over the yard

“How do I then, today, believe something will change? My family and I have even gotten used to the unpleasant odour of this sewerage. It is extremely difficult and unbearable when it rains because the water flows into the house. These people only care about themselves, ” she fumed.

Tzaneen Voice contacted Greater Letaba Municipality and the communications officer, Lovers Maenetja, assured a task team will be deployed to the residence as soon as possible.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) member Modjadji Kgatla Sejaphala said that they were made aware of Manyama’s plight and decided to contact the publication.

“We have confidence in Tzaneen Voice. We knew that once the matter was brought to your attention, the ball will start rolling,” she said.


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