AfriForum rep detained after witnessing sewage spill

2014-04-08 12:11

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Cape Town – A community co-ordinator for AfriForum has been detained for trespassing at the Nketoana local municipality in the Free State.

According to AfriForum CW Els’s detainment happened during a visit at an unused oxidation dams at the sewage treatment works in Petrus Steyn.

Various members of the community complained about the conditions at the dam and alleged that raw sewage was being spewed into the environment.

Els alleged that he voiced his concerns about the dams in a letter to the municipality and by Friday, the municipality had yet to respond, so he decided to do a site visit.

He parked at the dam and two municipal officers parked next to him, one immediately began making calls, while the other refused to answer any questions and told Els to wait for the police.

Els noted that sewage was spilling out of manholes on the site.

When asked why he thought he was detained Els said that he believed because he had asked questions about the spillage previously, the municipality wanted to keep the spillage out of the public’s eye.

AfriForum’s legal team is considering legal action against Els's detainment and the fine he received.

Read more on:    afriforum  |  north west  |  environment  |  pollution

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