Ugu charged for sewage spill FROM PAGE 1

2017-01-12 06:02
PHOTO: supplied The spill in Edward Avenue, Uvongo, which the DA discovered on 5 January.

PHOTO: supplied The spill in Edward Avenue, Uvongo, which the DA discovered on 5 January.

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The DA then conducted their own studies and inspections last Thursday and within an hour, found two spillages - one at Masinenge and the other in Edward Avenue near the bowling club.

According to a map of the area, these two spillages eventually lead to the Uvongo Lagoon.

In Masinenge, 26 families share a temporary sewerage system that consists of three Jojo tanks and pipes.

This was one of the spills that lead to a tributary and then into the Uvongo Lagoon.

“According to residents this has been going on for over two weeks,” said Henderson.

A resident said that Ugu had attended to the spill on Sunday.

The second spill, near the bowling green leads into a storm-water drain and subsequently into the river.

“There is no permanent solution to this spillage. It has been unblocked by Ugu on several occasions with no permanent solution.

“Ugu has been caught with its pants down, deliberately lying to and misleading the public­.”

The DA said it had a solution to this problem, which it will make public at a later stage.

Henderson said over 1 000 people had been treated at local hospitals for gastroenteritis during the holiday season, which was above the norm.

In a press release, the Ugu District Municipality last week confirmed that the lagoon was contaminated and banned all swimming.

France Zama, Ugu District Municipality spokesperson said they were in the process of ascertaining the validity of the claims made by the DA.

“I must indicate that our physical investigations­ showed no traces of sewage spillage­ from our system and until conclusive evidence­ of the source of contamination has been identified, we shall continue with our investigations in this regard,” he said.

“As a municipality we are currently not in a position to make any comments on the purported criminal charges being laid against us until such charges are being brought to our attention accordingly,” added Zama.

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