Phayiphini in pain over illegal dumping by rich people

2015-06-29 11:23
Illegal dump in Phayiphini.

Illegal dump in Phayiphini. (File)

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PEOPLE living next to a new illegal dump in Phayiphini, over the hill from Prestbury, said abandoned asbestos roofing sheets has become a major health concern for them and their ­children.

Sphiwe Mncwabe, who lives directly in front of the dump, said anything from wood to hospital waste and rubble was dumped illegally. “The people who come to dump their rubbish here are not from our area. These are well-off individuals who just do not want to pay at the real dump and so they choose to dump here.

“We have seen, trucks, construction vehicles and all sorts coming here. Even funeral directors are dumping waste,” said Mncwabe.

He said he has developed chest pains in recent months, adding each family living near the illegal dumping site inhale smoke from the site.

“If someone sets the rubbish alight, it could burn non-stop for a month and if there is wind, depending on which direction it is blowing, we end up with smoke inside our houses for days. Our clothes on the washing line go black,” he said.

Pointing to children playing close to the dump, he said they could pick up and eat anything there. He said goats also scavenged in the dump. “We are African people and we still slaughter goats for ceremonial reasons. How do you slaughter a goat that has been ­eating who knows what and feed it to people?”

Another resident who would not be named said sometimes people disposed of their waste right outside his gate.

He said the dumping started some time last year and has escalated.

“The first person to dump here came bringing wood and we did not mind because we used it to make fires.

“Now we are living to regret that decision. After the wood came all sorts of rubbish. They are dumping building materials, medical waste and all sorts of things.”

He said he had arguments with ­people who had come to dispose of their waste next to his house on several occasions. “They just tell me they are dumping outside my land and I have no authority over them.

“This place is shameful; if my relatives from other areas come to visit me they find that I live in a dump. I am worried that my children will contract diseases,” he said.

He has over the weekend recorded over a dozen vehicles that had illegally dumped rubbish nearby

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