Tens of thousands of govt-issue condoms found dumped in bush

2014-02-27 00:00

THOUSANDS of government issue condoms have been dumped in the bush near Sobantu.

They appear to be in pristine condition and had not expired — they expire next year in March and April.

The Witness was alerted to the piles of condoms lying in a bushy area near a railway line on a road between Cinderella Park and Sobantu.

They lay in two rough piles with six boxes — each containing 6 000 condoms — and a number of black plastic bags filled with the Choice brand condoms lying nearby. The Witness estimated that there were over 40 000 condoms dumped at the scene.

Having gone to the scene, The Witness then alerted the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health and they immediately sent four officials to investigate and remove them.

The team loaded the condoms up into the back of a bakkie, and by the time they left, the bakkie was filled with its load of prophylactics.

KZN Health Department spokesperson Sebe Zwane said they were shocked at the dumping of the condoms.

“We are following up on this and we will be investigating to establish the facts. We could not leave them; we are responsible for collecting them,” said Zwane.

A resident of Cinderella Park, Sandile Mbawula, who was passing on the road, told The Witness that he noticed them on Monday.

“I did see them in their boxes placed next to the road but on Tuesday I found them scattered all over. It’s normal to see dumped things here.

“This is a health hazard as we don’t know why they were dumped here; children could take them and play with them,” said Mbawula.

People passing the spot said this was the second time they had seen condoms dumped there.

In 2011, uMgungundlovu District was top in terms of HIV prevalence in the province at 42,2% and Pietermaritzburg was one of the areas hardest hit.

The Witness has asked the department to provide them with the results of their investigation into the dumped condoms: who did it and why.

It is hoped the culprits would be traced by the batch numbers on the boxes.

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