Nasty sewage surprise for teachers

Blocked sewage at Tlakukani Primary School.

Learners and teachers of a Mamelodi primary school had a nasty surprise upon their return for the new school year.

Teachers found sewage blocking the main gate of Tlakukani Primary School on Monday.

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The school was also flooded with faeces.

The school is in Mamelodi East, Section Tsakane near Tsamaya Road.

Parents who came to register their children for 2017 were not happy about the situation.

Deputy Principal of the school Clayton Mhangwane said the Tshwane metro came repaired the blocked sewage system just a day before the school reopened.

He said he was not happy with this response from the metro.

Mhangwane visited the municipal offices in Mamelodi West himself on Tuesday to lay a complaint.

The officials just gave him a reference number and took his contact details.

“They told me they would contact me and they never did,” said Mhangwane.

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He said this was not a first, adding he wanted the municipal workers to come fix the problem permanently.

Parents had to gain access to the school by walking on top of bricks.

“Our main concern was that the school is a primary school and we were worried about the health of the children as well as the teachers,” said Mhangwane.

“Residents living nearby told us that the sewage system had been blocked from Saturday and they have made numerous calls to the Tshwane metro to come and fix the problem.”

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Though the blocked sewage system had been fixed, metro workers need to clean the school properly, said Mhangwane.

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Stephen Selaluke
Mamelodi journalist

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