Grahamstown’s poorer areas are becoming potential disease pits as informal rubbish dumps filled with every kind of hazardous waste spring up in almost every road.
The DA has warned that the Makana Municipality’s inability to manage waste generated in the city now posed a significant health hazard.
Illegal dumps have sprouted all over the city, particularly in the poorer areas of Grahamstown East where sewage mingles with plastic, litter and dead animals.
The smell of sewerage is overwhelming in some areas of Joza and other parts of Grahamstown East where filth runs down and lines paths and streets.
Piles of household rubbish, builders’ rubble and wire commingle in ditches, sports fields, outside schools and near homes.
In joint statement DA MPLs Jane Cowely and Celeste Barker said it was the province’s duty to provide a good quality of life to all who live in it, along with access to basic services. They called on health MEC Dr Phumza Dyantyi, to intervene before patients with bronchial disorders suffered the consequences of this pollution in the city.
“As dead vermin, faeces and other waste spill into diminished water sources, cholera is becoming a threat too.”
Requests to cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Fikile Xasa, to again place Makana under administration has met with deafening silence.