BIG STINK: Workers at Emalahleni municipality were without toilets for 15 days. Picture: France Nyaka
Employees at the Emalahleni local municipality in Witbank say the water crisis and the municipality’s inefficiency are causing a major stink-up.
This after they could not use toilets at their offices for about two weeks.
They said that they were shocked by the incident, especially in the offices of the municipal management, including mayor Salome Sithole and municipal manager George Mthimunye.
The disaster was also seen by The New Age team on Tuesday after the disgruntled workers called for a media intervention saying that the malfunction of the toilets forces them to look for alternative places to relieve themselves. Like the residents who had been complaining in vain for various services, the employees’ repeated attempts to get answers after reporting the disaster to the municipality were not successful.
They further accused the municipality of undermining their rights, especially those of disabled workers who use wheelchairs.
“We demand answers from the municipality because the toilets remained unusable for about 15 days. The problem compels us to pay for toilet usage outside the premises because we cannot go through the day without relieving ourselves. Imagine when a municipality fails to fix toilets for its employees,” said a source.
“We can feel that our employer is failing to respect us as disabled people. It is really embarrassing because we are not in a position to move faster because of our disabilities. So we have no choice but to relieve ourselves in other places.”
The municipality’s clients also expressed concern about the matter and further demanded the intervention from cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Madala Masuku.
One of the unhappy residents, Mpho Matlala from Ezinambeni, said: “The malfunction hinders services because we are forced to spend time waiting for employees to come from toilets outside the premises. The provincial authorities must intervene in this situation.”
Emalahleni municipality’s spokesperson Lebohang Mofokeng, confirmed the faulty toilets.
“The toilets were not working a few days ago but they are now working. They problem was caused by people who misused them. However, we will check if there is another problem about bathrooms,” said Mofokeng.