Msunduzi Municipal trucks accused of illegally dumping refuse in city suburb

2016-02-29 11:01
Garden and house-hold refuse lie at the top of Neville Road in Prestbury in a growing illegal dump.

Garden and house-hold refuse lie at the top of Neville Road in Prestbury in a growing illegal dump. (Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Pietermaritzburg councillor has claimed that municipal trucks are openly, and illegally, dumping garden refuse in a city suburb.

The illegal dumping site on Neville Road, which has been an on-going issue according to residents, has been the site where garden refuse, building rubble and household rubbish has been dumped for well over a year.

Councillor and Prestbury resident Glenn McArthur said on Friday morning he saw a municipal truck dump “vegetative refuse” along the road.

“The problem started well over a year ago, and the problem seems to lie with lack of enforcement,” said McArthur.

“As long as people think they can get away with it, they will continue to dump along Neville Road illegally.”

He said the dumping has started to encroach on the Peacevale settlement and he had complaints from residents about the rubbish that was being dumped near to their homes.

“Last Friday, just before 11 am, I saw a municipal truck dumping refuse on top of Neville Road. There were about four or five municipal workers who were offloading the refuse.”

McArthur said he wrote down the truck’s registration number in the hopes that action might be taken against them.

“This is the same area we have been asking for prosecutions to take place as a result of people freely being allowed to dump with impunity in the area.

“Seemingly the municipal workers are now also aware that they can get away with it,” he said.

McArthur alleged that the dump had also gathered a fair amount of asbestos and medical waste, however, this could not be confirmed.

“The municipality needs to take steps to secure the area on a regular basis by putting staff there for the purposes of prosecutions,” he said.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said yesterday that the municipality’s waste management team would be sent out today to assess the illegal dump and its contents.

She said they would also be conducting an investigation into the municipal truck that allegedly used Neville Road as an illegal dumping site last Friday.

“We encourage residents to report any incidents of illegal dumping to the municipality’s security department immediately.

“We ask that residents report these matters so that the culprits may be apprehended,” she said.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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