Two men were apprehended by security at the Municipal Offices in Secunda on the morning 14 May 2018 when they tried to spill buckets of sewage on the premises. They shouted that they were tired of the sewage that has flooded the streets of eMbalenhle for well over 10 years now. According to them, municipal officials needed a wake up call in order to feel what it was like to live under such conditions. They did not, however, make it inside the building, as they were stopped and their buckets were emptied on the path towards the entrance.
Sewage in the streets and homes of eMbalenhle has long been a reported issue. Residents often complain that they can barely walk in their neighborhoods, and the dreadful odor of raw sewage and overflowing manholes constantly overwhelms them.
Finah Ndlovu and Jane Mokoena, who live across the street from each other in Gate 6, have even resorted to pooling funds to build a makeshift gutter for themselves. Before that, the sewage would flow into their houses, affecting their sleep, eating and the health of their children. Issues of sewage have also been plastered in local newspapers for years, but the problem seems only to grow worse, and residents grow increasingly frustrated.
Police were called to the scene after security officers seized the men, and they were taken to Secunda Police Station. Police spokesperson Captain Zondo confirmed that they have been arrested and are being held at the station. They have not yet been charged.