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Sewage spills into North West river

2012-03-19 18:44

Johannesburg - Raw sewage is spilling into the Harts River in Vryburg in the North West, civil rights group AfriForum said on Monday.

Chairperson Herman Swanepoel said the problem had been going on for six months.

"Members of the community have inspected the sewage works and nothing has changed. Raw sewage is still passing through the plant and being discharged into the Harts River.

"The [Naledi] municipality assured us that the problem will be resolved by March 15, but this is not the case," said Swanepoel.

"Our constitutional rights are being violated and in terms of the National Water Act, polluting the country's water resources is a criminal offence," he said.

The Naledi local municipality was not available for comment.

Comments
  • Mark - 2012-03-19 18:49

    What a disgrace. Time for a rates boycott.

      Piet - 2012-04-16 13:55

      Time to vote for another party!

  • malvina.vanbreemen - 2012-03-19 19:08

    @Simnikiwe: Maybe you should go back to where you belong - in the sewerage works.....

      Francois - 2012-03-19 20:21

      Malvina, I hate to disappoint you, but you have just sunk to a level lower than that of Simnikiwe disregarding how high that may be. May I suggest that you show your class and you delete your own post?

      malvina.vanbreemen - 2012-03-20 08:55

      @ Francois - note that News24 have REMOVED the Simian troll's comment......

  • Deepchund - 2012-03-19 20:12

    Nothing unusual, a survey a few years ago found most sewerage works were not functional. The Cuttings Beach in Merebank, south of Durban,has qualified for "brown flag status"(not blue flag)due to the quantity of "s..t" in the water.

      Art - 2012-03-19 21:27

      And faecul matter in the Beach Sand....70 times over the worst beaches in South Africa... But do they care? No...!!!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-19 21:14

    Only when countless people get cholera, animals get sick and the food distributed from that region makes people all over the country sick, will anything be done. But p'haps not even then. LATER there will be outbreaks of diarrhea which receive media attention and later still, liver-failure, respiratory paralysis and coma - which will receive little or no media attention. This is the way it's worked for 18yrs. It must become a CRISIS (ie. enough people dying before our eyes as opposed to just having the runs, being short of breath or needing dialysis). The modus-operandi is "do nothing until it has reached the point of no return". Then tax the suckers to death. And still do nothing".

  • swavka - 2012-03-20 08:01

    In 10 years time - when water the dries up, electricity is an on/off situation, more off than on. When the cash cows dry up or have left and the ANC will still be in power (because the blacks will only vote for ANC for whatever reason) and the elite have so much money stashed overseas as they couldn't care two hoots about the people - they will turn around and say Eish where did it all go. The problem is Maintenance - no one around to do it as it is classed as a lowly job, doesn't bring in the millions, and they all want jobs that will pay them big bucks. Well i really would hate to burst your bubble, but the maintenance sector is making big bucks, it's just a case of having to work for your money, which seems to be somehow missing in the majority. Has anyone noticed the new flora along the highways, but has anyone seen the workers, there are so many unemployed, but they would rather sit on their fannies and receive grants rather than work for their money (sure it isn't the millions, but it will bring back your dignity, or is that something you don't care about anyway so why bother)in fact can you imagine Malema or any one of those thugs and drop outs tendering for a Maintenance contract from the government - it is work, everything else they can get away with. In 10 years time when famine and disease hits our shores because we just don't give a damn right now, and the begging bowls are put out to the West (those devils)will the government say: Eish! It wasn't me!

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