She watched in horror as her skin melted off her arms and legs and a horrific burning sensation enveloped her body.
“I saw my dress just melt. My arms were also starting to melt. I didn’t know what was happening. I felt weak and dizzy and thought I was dying,” Ethel Mopane* says.
She remembers that morning like it was yesterday: a truck carrying 28 000 litres of sulphuric acid had overturned and spilt its load, contaminating a nearby river.