SAHRC Vaal River crisis inquiry begins on Monday

The Department of Water and Sanitation has provided the Emfuleni Municipality with technicians to address issues at the Emfuleni Treatment Plant. The department has already warned it take some time to before the system works optimally.

The Human Rights Commission is set to begin an inquiry into the Vaal river crisis from Monday as part of an investigation into concerns raised by residents and activists.

The area is facing disaster as pollution and raw sewage continues to pour into Vaal River.

READ: Vaal River pollution has reached crisis point

It is alleged that approximately 150 megalitres of waste spill into the river daily and at least three million people depend on the Vaal River for water.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Gauteng Provincial Manager of the South Africa Human Rights Commission Buang Jones says the commission conducted a site visit on 3 September at certain sites within the Emfuleni municipality.

Wherein the following was observed, raw sewage was flowing in a small stream that cut across the Emfuleni Golf Estate, the source of the raw sewage is unknown. There were two burst sewer pipes at the banks of the Rietspuit river resulting in raw sewage flowing into the river.

Buang Jones, Gauteng Provincial Manager SAHRC

He adds that the sewer manhole at the Sharpville Cemetery is clogged resulting in raw sewage containing other pollutants such as plastic, that is flowing into the stream.

Listen below to the full interview:


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