Leaking crude oil pipeline at Umbilo River repaired

Leaking crude oil pipeline at Umbilo River repaired

Transnet says the tampered pipeline which caused a massive oil spill in the Umbilo River in Bellair has been repaired.

Umbilo River oil speak
Lauren Beukes

This week, it was discovered that thousands of litres of crude oil was gushing into the river and making its way into the Durban Harbour waters. 

It's understood the spill is the work of criminals who were targetting the oil.

Clean-up crews have been working to contain the spill. 

Transnet says it's placed absorbent booms and fibre to prevent further spread in the waters. 

READ: Mop up operations at Umbilo River after disastrous oil spill

KZN Environmental Affairs spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Sibiya says they're working with Transnet to rehabilitate the polluted area and have launched an internal investigation.

"[The MEC] is interested to know who is responsible for the mess that we are seeing here. Who extracted the crude oil and who is distributing this crude oil, who is refining, are there any illegal refineries here in KwaZulu-Natal. Who is buying refined crude oil and these are the issues that the MEC is interested in." 

Transnet says this year it's had over 80 incidents of fuel theft. 

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