MARBLE HALL – The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality (EPMLM) has on Tuesday 10 July 2018 lodged a complaint with the Environmental Management inspectors, the Green Scorpions, to probe the local municipality’s alleged failure to repair a damaged sewerage plant in Marble Hall industrial area.
The DA said the problematic sewerage plant, which has been for months, was now overflowing on to streets, and posing a health hazard to residents.
The party complained the sewerage plant’s overflowing was caused by poor maintenance of waste water and sewerage treatment by the local municipality.
Flip Jacobs, DA EPMLM Councillor, worried the local municipality had deliberately ignored the party’s continuous calls to fix the sewerage system, resulting in harm to the environment and presenting massive health risk for residents.
Jacobs added the party had also escalated the matter to Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) but nothing had been done.
He said neglecting to fix the reeking, damaged and overflowing sewerage plant contravened the National Environmental Management Act and the constitution of the country, which stipulates that people have a right to healthy and clean environment.
“We are deeply concerned that the health of residents and the environment are placed under danger due to uncaring ANC government and its lack of political will to address basic issues such as ensuring a well maintained sewerage infrastructure for the people of Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality,” complaint Jacobs.
The party urged the Green Scorpions to prioritise the case and ensure the crisis was addressed for residents to live in a clean and healthy environment.
“The DA will seek an urgent meeting with the SDM Executive Mayor, Stan Ramaila, for his urgent intervention and the provision of comprehensive plants on how the sewerage system crisis can be addressed,” concluded Jacobs.
Monica Mathebela, EPMLM Municipal Manager, said they were not aware that the DA has lodged a complaint with the Green Scorpions.
Mathebela said the sewerage system problem was a jurisdiction of the district municipality and that they previously met over the matter with the district.
“The problem was previously given attention by the district but it started again,” explained Mathebela.