Poison dumped into Midrand wetlands

2013-10-19 14:32
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Johannesburg - A truck driver who wanted empty steel drums dumped the poison they contained, possibly cyanide, into a wetland in Midrand, Beeld reported on Saturday.

"I wanted to take the containers home to Soweto to use as water drums, but first had to get rid of the contents. I decided to throw it into the wetland," the man was quoted as saying.

He stopped after he noticed the effect it was having on the water. But by that time he had already dumped about 600 litres into the wetland, in Olifantsfontein.

According to the labels on the four 300l drums they contained cyanide. The water affairs department has taken samples of the water for testing.

A Rooihuiskraal resident driving past saw what the man was doing, stopped and called the police.

Johannesburg-based foam manufacturer Rigifoam said it was their product, but would not confirm what was in the drums. The company's Tertia Holloway said they suspected the man took the drums without permission.

The Johannesburg department of environmental health said the drums would be destroyed.

"The polluted area will be cleaned and rehabilitated," the department's Danie Geldenhuys told Beeld.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  environment  |  pollution

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