Cholera outbreak looming in Modimolle

Johann Abrie

DA councillor at Modimolle Local Municipality:

The DA has laid criminal charges (CAS/94/2/2015) against the Municipal Manager of Modimolle Municipality , Sam Bambo, following his failure to salvage the looming health and environmental disaster that may cause a cholera outbreak in Modimolle.

The impending outbreak is caused by the dysfunctional sewerage system in the municipality.

Desperate parents whose children are playing in the river below Phagameng, business owners, farmers and conservationists have been trying to no avail to get the municipality to repair the sewerage system.

The main source of human faeces and polluted water floods directly into the Nyl River, which is one of the province’s most sensitive feeders to the Limpopo River.

According to the National Water Act (Act No. 36 of 1998) and the National Environmental Management Act (Act No. 107 of 1998), the municipal manager must take all reasonable measures to prevent any pollution from occurring, continuing or recurring but in this case, no action has been taken.

It is clear that Bambo disregards and violates both Acts and he must be held accountable for any health disaster that may occur.

The residents of Modimolle can no longer tolerate the stench.

The DA has already written to the Minister of Cooperative Governance, Pravin Gordhan as well as his counterpart in the Water Affairs , Nomvula Makonyane, seeking their immediate intervention as soon as Parliament reopens.