Kharwastan pensioner’s plight with rerouted river

Mummy Naidoo fears for her health and safety.

A 68-year-old Kharwastan mother is concerned for both her health and safety after the river, which runs through the area, rerouted through her backyard, washing away her boundary wall and car port, recently.

Pensioner, Mummy Naidoo, who has been residing in the area for about 35 years, said that the river began affecting her property, last October. 

According to the concerned resident, the river has become highly polluted and a terrible odour is released from it.

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The river has become heavily polluted.

She also fears that it will become a haven for criminals, who wait for the opportunity to pounce on unsuspecting residents. 

“This has become a serious issue for me and the community at large. I am terrified that during the winter period, when we experience heavy rains, the river will flood causing more of my property to be damaged. This has been an on-going issue for several months and I appeal to anyone, who can be of assistance to me,” she added.

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Naidoo stated that she has contacted the municipality on several occasions however, she has not received any help to date.   

“I hope that this issue is resolved before there is a serious catastrophe. I am elderly and sickly and I have done everything in my power to have this river rerouted,” added Naidoo.

Meanwhile, ward councillor for the area, Samantha Windvogel, who has been dealing with the issue said, “This has been a long standing issue and I understand that it is becoming frustrating for residents. Municipal officials state that there is not much that can be done since the river falls within the boundary of private property.  The pollution in the river is also being dealt with.”

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Bianca Lalbahadur

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