Municipal dumpers caught red-handed

2010-09-16 00:00

TWO Msunduzi Municipal staffers in vehicle NPC 4130 were caught red-handed about to dump rubble at the confluence of the Dorpspruit and Msunduzi rivers — an area designated a no-dumping site.

They stopped when apprehended by a supervisor employed by the Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust (Duct). The general manager of Duct, Andrew Booth, said the supervisor warned them to stop this practice.

The Witness asked the municipality how it expects residents to keep the city clean when its own staff are not setting an example.

Msunduzi Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma described the workers’ action as tantamount to sabotage. He said the city has designated areas for the disposal of various waste materials.

“The truck appeared to be carrying builders’ rubble. The municipal landfill site would be the correct place to dispose of this material. In fact builders’ rubble is frequently placed on access roads within the landfill site to prevent vehicles becoming stuck on rainy weather,” he said.

Zuma called on all municipal staff to pull together during these trying times to help get the municipality out of the doldrums. “We are lucky we still have a municipality and we still have jobs. All of us have to catch a wake-up call and play ball,” he said.

He added that the department to which the truck is allocated has been identified. The manager responsible has assured him that there will be an internal investigation, and appropriate action will be taken based on the outcome of the investigation.

“We appeal to the public to report unbecoming behavior, be it municipal vehicle abuse, meter tampering, bribery or theft, so that we are able to deal with such issues decisively,” Zuma said.

DUCT depends on volunteers to clean up the rivers and open spaces in Pietermaritzburg. The trust does its own fundraising to finance equipment it may need and to carrry out educational campaigns about keeping rivers and the environment clean. The organisation will be holding its annual river clean-up on Saturday, with teams across the midlands working to clean rivers and wetlands. To get involved, phone Caroline or John at 033 345 7571.

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