Langa Bodlani MPL
DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Environment
The Democratic Alliance calls on Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism MEC, Mr Seaparo Charles Sekoati, to urgently investigate why is the municipality failing to take steps to end the health hazard in Phamala village Mutale.
The community has been exposed to a life threatening stench from the sewage dam for many years. This state of affairs is in direct violation to this community’s right to a clean environment under the Constitution.
As soon as the portfolio committee on Environmental Affairs is convened, I will urge it to do an on-sight visit to this village to get firsthand experience of this stench. This committee must then recommend to E MEC Sekoati to send environmental inspectorate to investigate this matter.
It is reported that this village is exposed to mosquitoes and the bad stench coming out of the sewage dam in close proximity to the residential area. As a result, children often get sick and the village becomes unbearable to live in. Promises by the municipality to remove this sewage dam have come to naught.
In terms of the National Environment Management Act, it is an offence to expose the community to such an environmental health hazard.
Accordingly, the environmental inspectorate must investigate why is the municipality failing to take positive steps to end this health risk. If any of the officials is in derelict of their duties, then the law must take its course.