Sinkhole filled with stinking rubbish

‘We wanted the municipality to send geologists out to look at the sinkhole. Now, it is filled with stinking rubbish
that was not here before.’ These were the frustrated words of Mr Lebogang Magaliso, a community leader, this week, after discovering that a recently formed sinkhole has been used as a garbage container. The Herald reported on the
sinkhole at houses 674 and 673 in Khutsong Ext.2 last week. It caved in some weeks ago after sewage had been
leaking at the site for months. The elderly owners of the affected owners have since been evacuated. On Monday,
the site was not only dangerous, it was stinking, too, after the municipality had filled a part of it with rubbish. The waste, which included all kinds of decaying matter, had been dumped in the corner of the sinkhole where residents
had previously collected water from a leaking water pipe. The heavy machinery that the municipality had used to scrape the rubbish had left clear fingerprints behind at the scene. ‘Investigations show that the municipal officials dealing with illegal dumping had received a request from the community members to fill in the sinkhole with rubbish and this request was executed without proper authorisation. The matter will be investigated further and the appropriate action will be taken,’ a municipal spokesperson responded when asked for comment on Tuesday. The spokesperson added that ‘the municipality is awaiting the 2nd phase of funding from the National Disaster Office to rehabilitate the sinkhole at house No. 590. It should be noted that this sinkhole was a priority on the initial allocation of the disaster funding. The rehabilitation could not be executed due to community protests, however. Nevertheless, it still remains a priority and will receive the necessary attention in the next phase of disaster relief. It must be noted that the municipality has no control over the time frames for the allocation of funds from the provincial disaster office.’

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