MOUTSE – Moutse residents fear for their health as an unattended sewerage pipe continues spill waste into Moses River from which most are dependant for drinking water.
The residents claim the overhead sewerage pipe that crosses the river which downstream is being used for drinking water and feed livestock has been problematic for years.
Seun Mogotji, Bolsheviks Party of South Africa (BPSA) leader, an opposition in Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality Council, said as a party they have complained about the unhealthy situation on more than one occasion but Sekhukhune District Municipality and the provincial board, have done nothing to address the problem, endangering people’s lives.
Mogotji alleges the district council has ignored from previous meetings with the provincial water board, an instruction issued that it was an obligatory duty and a requisite of the district council, which is responsible for water, to check quality of water frequently.
Mogotji added the situation was worsened by a manhole in close proximity to the river, handling sewerage effluent which when overflowing the contents of get eroded into the river, making it even more dangerous to human consumption.
He further said as a party they have now reached a dead end in trying to solve the problem and appealed for the matter to be attended urgently.
“There is no water in the area and people are dependent on the water from the river. People’s health is being put under a serious risk as nothing is being done by the authorities,” added Mogotji.
He concluded the party was considering accelerating the matter to the Department of Water Affairs for attention.
Attempts to get comment from Sekhukhune District Municipality were not successful at the time of going to press.