A TRUCKLOAD of disposable nappies can be seen on the side of Louisiana road, however, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality denies this is the same load dumped there a month ago.
The municipality said it is still investigating the dumping, because the nappies dumped last month were removed.
“They were removed a long time ago so if there are others it means it’s the latest dumping,” said municipal spokesperson Simon April.
The nappies, estimated to be in the hundreds, were first seen on the side of the road in Lousiana on September 13 and residents say they were not only an eyesore, but raised concern for the potential damage to the environment.
Dalene Erasmus said she was driving past the area on Thursday and could not believe her eyes.
“It was terrible - it must have been more than two bakkie-loads of nappies, and right next to the road. The person dumping them did not even bother to hide them,” said Erasmus, adding that the perpetrator needed to be dealt with promptly to prevent them from doing it again.
The Port Shepstone Regional Hospital said based on the packaging the nappies were in they cannot have come from the hospital.
KZN Department of Health spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi said the hospital adhered to strict controls regarding the collection, storage and disposal of human and medical waste material. “Such waste material is collected by a service provider three times a week. To the best of our knowledge, the service provider complies with regulations regarding waste management,” said Mkhwanazi.