Zero-tolerance for illegal dumping From page 1

2016-09-15 06:00
Photo: andile sithole Illegal dumping at the bank of Umdloti river

Photo: andile sithole Illegal dumping at the bank of Umdloti river

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“Brazen dumpers still flout the law. To add insult to injury there is a dump site on the bank of the Umdloti River in Riyadh Township in Verulam with severe repercussions to the ecosystem of the marine environment.

“The other dumping site is at the corner of Charnwood and Valley View Drive in Riyadh in Verulam. It has been going on for many years. I engaged the Health Department who were instrumental in locating the owners of the property. The owners of the property promptly engaged the services of a security company to prevent further dumping,” said Chetty.

The owners also demanded that the guilty parties remove the garbage, he added.

“On 1 September I witnessed a bakkie off loading refuse further down the road. The driver of the vehicle showed no remorse for his actions.”

Head of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) Prem Balram said his officers responded on a call out about illegal dumping in Verulam recently.

“When we arrived at the scene we found drugs that were dumped outside a government hospital. Most of the time people who are generally committing this kind of crime are government organisations and companies. This is a huge problem in Phoenix, Verulam and Tongaat. Reaction Unit South Africa sent letters to the members of the community to refrain from illegal dumping because it is against the law,” he said.

Balram said that in a recent incident Rusa officers responded to a call out and found a body hidden underneath a dump site.

Tongaat SAPS spokesperson Warrant Officer Manisha Maharaj-Marie told the Weekly that the police have received reports of illegal dumping in the area.

“We have received quite a number of reports about illegal dumping, but when we arrived at the scene the perpetrators were gone. It is therefore not easy to catch the suspects because we have no evidence.

“Illegal dumping is indeed a serious offence and police warn the members of the public to refrain from dumping in restricted areas. It is very shocking because the people who allegedly commit this crime are affluent people and not the residents from the informal settlements,” she said.

Residents can report illegal dumping by calling eThekwini Municipality on 031 311 8804.

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