Mfongosi river turns into a dumping site
The Mfongosi River is dying after community members in Umlazi have converted it into a dumping site.
Water pollution has negative effects to the economy as rivers feed into dams carrying harmful toxins.
“People are continuously throwing dirt into the river even though there is a collection area and a day by the DSW. As more people build houses near the river, the more polluted it gets over the years,” said a community member Thando Cele.
Pollution of the river decreases the water quality and increases the risk of it containing disease-causing organisms.
“Children from the area sometimes swim in the river without their parents knowing and afterwards they get skin rash and eye allergies. As parents we try to prevent our children from playing near the river or swimming because it is dangerous,” said Nomfundo Machi.
She further said that in the previous years children have been found dead in the river.
According to the National Water Act, water resources in the country should be conserved and aquatic ecosystems to be protected. Water is an important commodity that is sometimes not available in townships. The South African Constitution states that all citizens have the right to a clean environment.
“Community members need to start recycling and ensure that the river is free from pollutants,” said a ward committee member Nqobile Mgilane.