DA to lay charges against Ugu, again

2015-09-03 06:00
Democratic Alliance ward councillor, Dave Watson, addresses locals at the meeting.

PHOTOS: CANDYCE KRISHNA Democratic Alliance ward councillor, Dave Watson, addresses locals at the meeting.

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A PETITION calling for national for legal action to be taken against the Ugu District Municipality, is doing the rounds.

This comes after a sewage spill into the Nkongweni and Bhilanhlolo rivers in Margate occurred last Tuesday.

The Democratic Alliance called a public meeting on Margate beach on Thursday morning to make residents aware of their plan of action and to gain feedback.

It was resolved at the meeting that litigation against the municipality was the way forward.

Although the meeting was not well attended, councillors said they will campaign to obtain more signatures and locals will spread the word via social media and word-of- mouth.

DA councillor, Dave Watson, said environmental affairs, water affairs and Ezemvelo Wildlife met briefly on Wednesday and took a decision to breach the Nkongweni River.

“The sewage is now flowing from the river into the ocean and it is not safe for bathing,” said Watson.

He said the lifeblood of the lower South Coast was tourism and this depended a lot on the Blue-Flag status of the area’s beaches.

“If our beaches are not up to standard, businesses could close as holidaymakers will not want to visit the South Coast.”

He said DA MPL Dr Rishigen Viranna­ will present a motion at the next sitting of the legislature.

Municipal spokesperson, France Zama told the Fever on Tuesday that the Ugu District Municipality worked around the clock to repair the pump.

“Repairs to the Margate sewerage pump was concluded sometime last week and the plant is currently running at its optimal level,” said Zama.

In the meantime the lagoon remains closed until all hazards have been eliminated, but swimming on the beach is permitted.

“We extend our apologies to the communities who have been inconvenienced.”

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