Property owner outraged as litter piles up in Tshwane's Marabastad
A Marabastad businessman has complained about the rubbish piling up on some of the streets in the area.
According to Mohideen Hassen, rubbish in Marabastad has not been collected over the past two weeks.
"This is ridiculous... it's been at this intolerable level for over two weeks now," he said.
Hassen is outraged at the amount of litter piling up outside his shop on the corner of Jerusalem and Boom streets. "The past two weeks have been especially bad and there has been no municipal cleaner in sight. My customers are complaining so I have been forced to pay people R80 every day to keep my surrounding area clean," said Hassen.
He said a number of taxi marshals have also raised concerns about the uncollected rubbish in the area.
"They (Tshwane Metro Council) say they want to make this the cleanest city in Africa, but they are failing to do that," he said.
Hassen said the uncollected rubbish was a health hazard and that the smell coming from the rubbish dumps was unbearable.
"Today (yesterday) we are lucky... the sun is not out yet. When it is, the smell is sickening and is forcing people out of here," he said.
According to Hassen, he had tried countless times to contact the executive mayor's office without any success.
He said the municipality was quick to act against them when they put up their own advertising boards, yet they did nothing about the rubbish piling up on street corners.
"The authorities sweep in when we put up our own advertising boards, fining us R5 000 in the process. But when something much more serious happens, absolutely nothing is done," said Hassen.
Comment could not be obtained from the council as the municipality's offices are closed for the festive season and will open on Wednesday.