DA in KZN ‘appalled’ by levels of sewage at Lake Mzingazi

DA in KZN ‘appalled’ by levels of sewage at Lake Mzingazi

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal says it's appalled by the findings of an oversight inspection to Lake Mzingazi in Richards Bay.

DA in KZN ‘appalled’ by levels of sewage at Lake Mzingazi
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Spokesperson Heinz de Boer says their team found shocking levels of festering sewage spilling into the waters of the lake.

"What happened is that the sewage is discharging down the pipe and onto the bottom on that whole forest and it pools there over the past three months and it's become a massive lake of raw sewage, which stinks a lot."

De Boer says raw sewage, including toilet paper, being pumped into the water.

De Boer says the lack of maintenance and refurbishments to sewerage infrastructure are to blame.

He believes the spill could contaminate the City's clean water supply and threaten protected mangrove trees.

"When it overflows, it overflows down a watercourse and into the lake, not health for the animals not health for the environment. Contaminating what is essentially a heritage site because it is a historic coastal forest and of cause when it goes into the lake it containments the potable drinking water."

The City of uMhlathuze has acknowledged the sewage issue.

But it says a report will be made available once it has received all the information from its inspectors who're currently running their own tests on samples taken from the lake.


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