Community furious over oil spill at Jacobs canal

The oil spill, which has left residents irate.

Environmentalists, community activists and civic bodies have been on high alert after sea life was threatened following an oil spill in the Jacobs canal, a week ago.

Hundreds of irate residents and conservationists were fuming after litres of raw oil was spilled in the well-known Jacobs canal.

Confirming the incident, coordinator of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, Desmond D’sa said, “On Thursday, March 8, there was an oil/chemical spill at the Jacobs canal. I witnessed the oil gushing out and took photographs of the atrocity.”

D’Sa described the oil as thick and had a sewage smell. It was traced down to the Harbour, near the Yacht Club. The oil spill has affected the community, the environment, polluted the air and poses a serious health hazard.

The company that is allegedly responsible for the oil spill was contacted for a comment and the spokesman refused to comment.

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Reacting to the oil spill, a seasoned fisherman, Lenny Naidoo, 55, who lives on the Bluff, said it is utterly disappointing to note that in recent times, oil spillage into the ocean is taken lightly.

“This will have long term consequences on the ocean and all sea life will be threatened. I would like for the government authorities to clamp down on companies who are caught dumping their waste into the sea. They should receive hefty fines so that they think twice before doing it again,” he said.

Another member of the community who frequents the beach, Rajen Pillay of Merebank said, “It is time that people act responsibly. Our environment is being destroyed every day and we seem to not take cognizance of the fact that eventually, we humans will pay the highest price.”

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Nikita Chiniah
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