Madonsela to probe sewage spill

2012-03-26 11:17

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will investigate allegations of maladministration by officials in Braamfischerville, Johannesburg, related to a raw sewage spill, her office said on Monday.

She was scheduled to meet with the complainants and interested parties such as the City of Joburg, the National Engineering Council, the National Home Builders Registration Council and the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation on Monday morning to discuss the spill, her spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said in a statement.

Madonsela initially visited the area on March 20 after being invited by local residents through a British Broadcasting Corporation journalist.

"The Public Protector would like to demonstrate to South Africans that they do not have to take to the streets in protest and destroy infrastructure to be heard," Masibi said.

"She wants to recognise the Braamfischerville community in particular for being peaceful in airing their grievances... [and] would like to encourage other communities to use the institution to help them amplify their voice."

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-26 11:51

    Surely RSA next President , MADONSELA

      Willie - 2012-03-26 13:01

      This poor woman has to sort out everybodys crap!

  • Peter - 2012-03-26 12:14

    Bum sausages being released into our rivers again. Really disgusting, but its happening all over the country. Where are the Blue Scorpions - they should change their name to Blue Sloths - a waste of human flesh. Thuli should not have to deal with faeces.

      Marion - 2012-03-26 12:17

      I thought they were called the Green Scorpions... Crappy job for her to have to do.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-03-26 12:19

    I wonder whether the matter would have received due attention had a journalist from BBC not have intervened? Like everybody, am worried that in order to get attention in this country, public protector's office first have to intervene. You wonder what are functions of all other administrators when a simple civic duty such spilling sewerage cannot be fixed?

      Peter - 2012-03-26 12:57

      Total agree We had a sewage spill in our area in Oct LAST YEAR. It was in a dip in the road, caused by a municiple cherry picker smashing into an overhead pipe as his cherry picker was UP. It Flooded a following car ( woman and child escaped unhurt but rather smelly ). It was only fixed and road opened ! March THIS Year, despite weekly reports on it by the local rag, promises, escalating to Environmental affairs etc etc, We were vocal in the media but nothing was done until now. 4 months later. - This was in an urban area.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-03-26 13:31

    @Peter. Poor woman and the baby. Do you know if they are suing for any damages because this is a classical case of negligence on behalf of the Council?

  • Scouter - 2012-03-26 14:24

    Madonsela is one good lady, methinks - one of the few who actually earns her keep and knows what they are doing. SA needs more of her kind.

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