Decent Living Conditions Are A Basic Human Right

Decent Living Conditions Are A Basic Human Right

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Amogelang Mokobane started this petition to Betty Diakanyo

Hello and thank you for taking the time to engage with me on a very pressing and concerning issue that has plagued my community for some time now. 

Over the past few years, the overall state of my home town Mafikeng has been on a steady and marked decline. Our roads are honestly not fit to drive on. They are riddled with potholes and, most often than not, the street lights - which are an essential road safety measure particularly at night or in unfavourable weather conditions - do not work.

Drinking the tap water in Mafikeng is inadvisable in my opinion. I cannot speak to the process by which our municipality purifies our water, but I can tell you from my own personal experience that the overall taste and smell of it leaves much to be desired. Many people have taken to buying bottled water, but not everyone is fortunate enough to afford such a luxury. 

The entire city has become an illegal refuse dumping site. You can barely walk more than a few metres outside of the confines of your home without being confronted by heaps of refuse and all the vermin that such conditions attract. Our very own Provincial Hospital here in Mafikeng is filled with refuse. I cannot begin to describe to you the implications that this has on a Hospital and its patients. An infestation of flies has plagued the town, including the hospital, for some time now. Doctors have resorted to bringing insecticides to work, but it is an exercise in futility. Our patients continue to suffer - already sick and ailing, they are constantly exposed to further infection and disease because of this. 

The number of motor vehicles accidents that occur daily in and around this city seems to be at an all time high. I honestly cannot give you accurate statistics, but the number of motor vehicle accident victims that come to our hospital is considerable. 

The summer months and high temperatures mean that we are seeing more children and adults coming to hospital with gastroenteritis because of a lack of access to clean, uncontaminated water. If you know anything about third world countries, then you will know that the morbidity and mortality that we face from this condition is staggering. 

I genuinely fear for the health and safety of our community. For the health and safety of my loved ones and yours. 

I am astonished that these problems have been left to escalate to this point. It is a problem that has been years in the making, and it truly needs to be addressed. 

My hope is that the Mayor of the city, Betty Diakanyo, will be made cognizant of the severity of the situation. My hope is that the matter will be escalated to not only the municipality, but to the level of the Provincial Government.

I would like to see tangible change and I am certain you would too. The Constitution of South Africa states that everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being. By that reasoning, this basic human right is being violated and the people who have been placed in charge of protecting this right need to be held accountable. 

 Thank You. 

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