A Limpopo family have been forced to flee their home after raw sewage flooded their garden and the streets outside.
Despite the serious health hazard posed since a drain was blocked last month, no action has been taken by Giyani authorities.
Bennett Mavasa of Section A in Giyani told Sowetanthe family had been forced to rent three rooms because they could no longer stand the filth.
"We have exhausted all avenues available, including reporting the matter to the local municipality, but our complaints have fallen on deaf ears," said Mavasa yesterday.
"We were left with no alternative but to rent rooms because the sewage poses health hazards to all of us," he said.
Musa Mageza, a neighbour, is also unhappy. He claimed municipal workers came to look at the problem, but have since done nothing.
He said what worried him most was the fact that residents were paying for services, but were ignored when it came to delivery.
Local doctor Enock Shivambu warned that the sewage could spread various diseases if it remained untreated.
The mayor of greater Giyani municipality, Angie Ramaipadi, said she was not aware of the situation, but promised to send a team of sanitation workers to deal with it.
"A stand-by team will immediately take care of the situation," she said.