Ismail Obaray, MPL
DA Spokesperson on Environment:
The DA welcomes an investigation being undertaken by the Departments of Agriculture and Environment respectively into the mass death of catfish in the Kamfers Dam.
The incident risks human and animal life, and ecotourism.
The mass death was caused by a spillage from a broken sewerage pump about three weeks ago.
This spillage should never have occurred – it was a preventable incident.
Regular maintenance has been absent at the Kamfers Dam, and the DA condemns this failure.
The dead fish now pose a serious health risk, as residents are consuming the fish infected by raw sewage.
Flamingo birds are also eating the dead fish and also face risk of resulting ill health.
During a visit by myself on Friday the 20th late in the afternoon to the site dam I could still smell the stench of dead fish.(pictures on request).
It was shocking to find hundreds of dead fish in black bags piled up but no one on site to remove these bags, this is a serious concern as its alleged the residents are stocking fish for consumption, this can lead to serious repercussions to the health of the ecosystem as well as the health of the residents.
The Kamfers dam is home to a large flock of flamingoes and water birds.
In 2013 a similar sewage spillage caused the death of several hundred flamingo birds.
The Kamfers Dam flamingos are an ecotourism attraction for the city of Kimberley – tourists visit from all over the country to see the birds.
The DA will closely monitor the Department’s investigation, and will push for preventative action that stops ecological disasters from occurring again.
The report into the investigation is expected later this week.