WHENEVER this family steps into the kitchen to cook a meal, they are forced to tiptoe on a slippery floor flooded by sewage.

The family from KwaNobuhle in Uitenhage have resorted to laying old blankets and newspapers on the kitchen floor to prevent the sewage from flowing into the rest of the house.

The family said the problem started on Sunday morning after sewage began flowing out of two blocked toilets.

Nomawethu Booi (60) said her house is occupied by seven people, including a two-month-old baby.

“We are forced to breathe in the stench of sewage 24 hours a day,” she said.

She said they reported the matter to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality but are still waiting for a response.

“On Monday I went to report the matter to our councillor, but the office was locked by protesters.

“We no longer hang our clothes on the washing line because of the huge river of sewage in our backyard.

Sanco regional chairman Nceba Plaatjie said Nomawethu’s plight needed urgent attention.

“This nonsense can no longer be tolerated.”

The People’s Paper spoke to municipal spokesman Mthubanzi Mniki, who said: “This matter is receiving urgent attention.”

Mayoral spokesman Sibongile Dimbaza said: “We will send a team to deal with the problem.”