Uproar over dumped fish in Verulam

2018-12-20 06:01
PHOTO: andile sitholeResidents Cyril Doronsamy (left) and Johnson Chetty at the dump site.

PHOTO: andile sitholeResidents Cyril Doronsamy (left) and Johnson Chetty at the dump site.

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RESIDENTS and community leaders in Oaklands expressed their anger over Durban Solid Waste’s (DSW) and eThekwini Municipality’s refusal to remove rotten fish that was dumped by an unknown person in the area on Saturday last week.

Resident Cyril Doronsamy said he drove past the place and thought it was debris dumped by illegal dumpers: “When I came back, I saw that it was fish and got a shock because this has never happened in this area before. The smell of the rotten fish is unbearable. I don’t even open the windows at my home now,” Doronsamy said, adding: “The municipality should come and remove it from this area. It’s been more than three days now, but nothing is happening.”

Nova Chetty, Chairperson of the Dawncrest Civic Association, appealed to those who may have leads about the perpetrators to come forward: “As the residents from this area, we put so much effort in keeping our environment clean.

“Residents are upset about it and would like to see the culprit punished for what they did to this community,” he said.

Ward councillor Johnson Chetty said: “Illegal dumping is unacceptable by any society’s standards. It is much worse when the perpetrator dumps fish on a public road in a residential area. The perpetrator has to be a cold, heartless individual who has no compunction for other people’s health and safety.”

Johnson said he reported the matter to the DSW shortly after his visit to the site: “The municipality failed the people as the fish was in an advanced state of decomposition with the unbearable sight of flies and odour.

“DSW responded by stating that they don’t have the required tools to remove the carcasses and cannot compel the staff due to incriminations from unions,” he said.

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