WHILE other residents took to the streets to protest poor living conditions, SunHero Sophie Mafuya went to work to improve things.
The 51-year-old cleaned the filthy, blocked toilets provided for residents at the temporary housing in Braelyn, East London.
Last Wednesday residents blocked roads, saying they were tired of government’s empty promises. They said their toilets kept blocking and they had to relieve themselves in the bushes. They also complained the temporary structures they live in were cracking.
About 100 families were moved to Braelyn from Duncan Village in 2013 after being hit by shack fires. They were told they would only be in temporary houses for six months.
Sophie told Daily Sun: “I decided to clean these toilets because the women were complaining they were getting infections from them. It was very embarrassing to see women relieving themselves in the bushes, but now they can use the toilets again.”
Ashere Damise (33) said they didn’t have enough words to thank Sophie. “Now we can use the toilets again because of her. When the People’s Paper published a story about our protest our councillor promised to check the situation, but he never came,” he said.
Last week Councillor Monwabisi Mahodi told the SunTeam he had organised water, electricity and toilets for residents and was very surprised to hear the toilets were a problem. He said two people were employed to fix it and promised to visit the area.
By the time of going to press the councillor could not be reached for comment and his phone rang unanswered.