Vaal river contamination inquiry starts Tuesday

Picture of the polluted water
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The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is to begin an inquiry into contamination of the water in the Vaal River at Stonehaven near Vanderbijlpark in Gauteng on Tuesday.

The SAHRC has called on the public to make written submissions to the Commission on the contamination problem.

This comes after allegations that sewage was leaking into the river and making it unsafe for human consumption.

The Commission’s Buang Jones says the Commission conducted a site inspection and the observations of the Commission are that there is credance to allegations that there is raw sewage spillage into the Vaal River.

He says: “The inquiry will inquire into the underlying causes and the failures and omissions of government and we hope that we will be able to get to the bottom of what led to the situation we are in.”

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