Medical waste dumped

Lee-Anne Butler

RESIDENTS of Jongilanga Street in Veeplaas are losing the battle against illegal dumping as hazardous medical waste is now also being discarded outside their homes, posing a serious health and safety threat to their children.

They say illegal dumping has been an ongoing problem for the past 15 years but nothing has been done, despite pleas to the ward councillor and letters to the municipality.

Vakele Bukani, of adjacent Hani Street, said he feared for the safety of his four grandchildren, aged between two and 10 years, who played near the dumpsite.

He said a child in the area had already eaten some tablets discarded at the dumpsite, but fortunately there had been no serious reaction to the medication.

“All kinds of medication are dumped here, from old syringes to asthma pumps. I have written many letters to the municipality over the years but there has been no response,” he said. “I have been struggling with this problem for years, but no one cares.

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