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ANGRY residents of Wembezi township in KwaZulu-Natal have accused their municipality of failing to listen to their concerns.
The township was hit by political conflict in the late 80s and early 90s, which left many houses destroyed or in need of renovation.
Resident Mlungisi Ndlovu said in ward 1 alone 17 houses that were built in 2003 were without running water and toilets.
"Community members have to use nearby bushes and mountain cliffs to relieve themselves," Ndlovu said. " Our children's lives are in danger, some have seen snakes in the thick grass and on the cliffs."
He said other areas in the region were experiencing similar problems.
Estcourt mayor Maliyakhe Shelembe said his administration was not responsible.
"As local government we do not receive funding from the provincial treasury. That funding goes to the district municipality."
Project management unit manager Sabo Mthethwa of the uThukela district municipality said a meeting with tender applicants would also consider a sustainable long-term action plan.
Mthethwa said they would conduct a survey to find out which areas were developed but lacked proper sanitation facilities.
"After the meeting we will be able to identify people and places that will benefit from the project and make it a success," Mthethwa said.