03 May 2013
The IFP calls on the National Prosecuting
Authority for urgent legal action against certain ceramic
companies, known to be the biggest culprits in illegal dumping
in Bosplaas, an extension of Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria.
IFP Spokesperson on Water and Environmental
Affairs, Ms Connie Zikalala, MP, said "The Department of Water
and Environmental Affairs, the Moretele Municipality and the
Gauteng Provincial Government are aware of the serious problem
of illegal dumping in this area, yet seem to be doing nothing
about it. Two children have already died because of illegal
dumping of toxic chemicals and no legal action has been taken
against the companies involved."
"On numerous occasions I have raised the issue
of illegal dumping in the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on
Water and Environmental Affairs but it continues to fall on deaf
ears. The Minister herself knows about this issue, but is not
doing enough to eradicate it. The Department is failing the
people of Bosplaas."
The IFP calls on the Minister of Water and
Environmental Affairs and the Moretele Municipality to urgently
intervene by taking legal action against all the companies
involved in this very dangerous form of illegal dumping. The Green Scorpions should also be deployed to
the affected area to assist with the investigation.
IFP Spokesperson on Water and
Environmental Affairs, Mrs. Connie Zikalala,MP 083 282 8384
IFP Parliamentary Media Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675