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The Vaal Crisis

This follows a site inspection earlier this month of the Sebokeng and Rietspruit Waste Water Treatment Plant in the Emfuleni Local Municipality. The inspection conducted by the SAHRC sought to gauge progress made since the deployment of the army to address the crisis.

This inspection takes place following the last sitting of the inquiry into the contamination of the river, in which the commission probed whether the flow of sewage into the river constituted a violation of basic human rights.

Speaking to eNCA, the SAHRC ‘s Mohamed Ameermia noted that the commission it is not only looking into the shortcoming of holding local government in the pollution of the Vaal, but also big industrial users which may have been discharging polluted water into the system. “It is about the dignity of people, and even poor people have a right to dignity,” he stressed.

The commission’s report into the Vaal crisis is expected at the end of June.

Source: SAHRC investigates further sewage pollution allegations | Infrastructure news

Vaal in crisis as raw sewage continues to flow

The Department of Water and Sanitation has just announced a R341 million injected into the Vaal cleanup. However a lot more money is needed to rectify the dire situation as raw sewage continues to flow down streets and rivers in the Vaal district.

Source: eNCA

 

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