Sewerage spills in Emalahleni – DA calls for urgent intervention

Jane Sithole MPL

Spokesperson for Health and Social Development

MP sewage waste

Raw sewage is spewing from pipes in Del Judor Ext 4 in the Emalahleni district, running into a quarry and then directly into the Olifant’s River.

The DA is concerned about the harm that has already been caused to the eco system and the effects that the continued spillage will have on the Olifants River and all the residents and animals using this water on a daily basis. As we speak the raw sewerage is still in full flow and everything is being polluted downstream.

The current administration doesn’t seem to have the ability or capacity to deal with this terrible health hazard or they are simply not concerned about polluting the environment or the scarcity of water resources.  The potential for a major outbreak of gastro intestinal infections is increasing rapidly. Large raw sewerage spillages such as these have devastating consequences for residents and the environment and cannot be accepted.

The DA will write to the MEC of Co-Operative Governance, Refilwe Mtsweni, and request her to intervene as a matter of urgency to ensure that the sewerage network is fixed and maintained on an on-going basis.

Furthermore, the DA will be laying charges against the Municipality at the SAPS and submitting a complaint for human rights violation to the HRC to ensure that this situation is not only contained, but that the necessary steps are taken to ensure this never happens again. It cannot be right to expect residents to live with raw sewer spillage such as this on a daily basis.