Health catastrophe threat

Law enforcement officer, Don Baijnath has reiterated the fact that those who are caught illegally dumping will be fined.

Chatsworth is fast becoming a huge dumping ground and unless the problem is adequately addressed on time, the once lush and clean environmentally-friendly area will be turned into a health catastrophe and disease plagued community.

Municipal law enforcement agencies, environmental bodies and community and civic bodies want to make a clean sweep in the fight against large scale illegal dumping by local residents and businesses, following dumping of waste, including meat products, paper, rotten fruit and vegetables, cans, plastic bottles, broken glass and other disposable waste in the greater Chatsworth community.

Law enforcement officer, Don Baijnath, who works in the Chatsworth community issued a fine of R5, 000 to a resident, who illegally dumped rubble in the Silverglen Park, recently. The illegal dumper was also requested to clear up the rubble.

Baijnath explained that when residents miss the bin truck, they often choose to illegally dump their rubbish rather than take it to an actual registered municipal dump site.

“Residents dump in pathways, open spaces, parks and even on other people’s verges. Not only is this bad for the environment, it is unfair to the people who try to keep their areas clean. However, the eThekwini Municipality is taking illegal dumping seriously,” he explained.

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Previously, upon admission of guilt, illegal dumpers were granted fines of R3, 000 which has now been increased from between R1, 000 to R5, 000.

Baijnath stated that he distributes fines practically every day. “I appeal to residents to be mindful of their waste, or face the wrath of the law. Illegal dumpers are given the choice to either go to court over the matter or pay the fine. Even businesses and trucking companies, who illegally dump, will be fined and their licenses can be revoked,” he added.

Moorton resident, Rajen Govender said Chatsworth is one of the most filthiest dumping grounds in the the greater Durban community.

“As a resident, I am ashamed to live in Chatsworth. Very often, you find luxury cars stopping and throwing black bin bags onto vacant grounds. What is the use of cleaning your yard and throwing the same dirt elsewhere? In my eyes, such people are opportunists and a threat to the health and wellbeing of the community,” Govender said.

He added that most Indians in Chatsworth stayed in wood and iron houses in Clairwood, Bayside, Wentworth and Tintown.

“Despite living under harsh conditions and using the ‘bucket system’, our people had the highest order of cleanliness. Today, we are living in modern and luxury homes and we are not respecting our surroundings. We are quick to to throw stones at the municipality but we cannot keep our beautiful township clean. Finally, cleanliness is next to Godliness,” he added.

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Bianca Lalbahadur

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