Ntwaagae Seleka, News24, April 2, 2022
Sebokeng residents are living with human excrement on their doorstep as pools of sewage ooze into their homes.
Locals said the smell was so horrendous, they could not stand to walk outside their own homes.
“The heavy smell of human excrement is no longer a threat. It has become a norm,” one local said, while listing the hardships of living in the sewage spill.
Streets in the area are covered in sewage flowing from all directions.
“It is leaking from inside our houses, drains, toilets and manholes in our yards and in the streets,” one resident said
Potholes are a feature of almost every street and have now formed “dams” of excrement.
Mpho Mawiza of Sebokeng Zone 7 lives with his family, including his 95-year-old grandmother.
Their home is flooded with sewage emanating from their outside toilet.
“Today, it behaved. You should have seen it last week.” Mawiza said.
“The heavy smell of human excrement is not a joke. We cook and eat with this heavy reek hovering in our yards.”
“We are in hell, I am telling you. We have lost hope that the mess will go away. My grandmother can’t walk freely in her own yard. What will happen to her should she fall into the mess covering her yard? Who will be held accountable,” Mawiza questioned.
Mawiza has set a stall outside his yard where he sells vegetables, sweets, and cigarettes to make a living and sustain himself.
Behind his stall, there is a ‘river’ of sewage flowing from his yard into the street.
“I am unemployed. I have chosen to sell outside my home to be closer to my grandmother. People have nicknamed me the one who lives in a sh*t home. I have accepted that nickname because it resembles my life.”