ActionSA welcomes the start of repairs at the Ohlange Sewage Pump-station in the eThekwini Metro This comes a day after ActionSA initiated court action to compel the Municipality to do so.
Just yesterday, ActionSA filed court papers at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court to compel the eThekwini Municipality, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister Ms Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu and others to fix the sewage crisis that has been left to run through people’s homes and into rivers ultimately landing into our oceans.
It is unfortunate that ActionSA had to initiate legal proceedings before the eThekwini Municipality saw the need to act swiftly and repair damaged infrastructure. The infrastructure had been left to rot for the past 7 months without a coherent plan or concerted effort from the Municipality and other government departments to fix the problem.
We are aware that the Municipality has made plans to repair all affected pump-stations within a two-week timeframe before the start of the December peak season when tourists and holidaymakers are expected to flock to the City of Durban and surrounding areas to enjoy our beautiful beach fronts, however, we fear that this timeline is not realistic, and not a lot of thought has gone into making this decision.
In any event, ActionSA will monitor all progress at pump-stations and whether the Municipality makes good on their promise.
We will continue to fight for the residents of eThekwini and affected stakeholders and ensure that the government delivers on their constitutionally mandated responsibilities.