Sewage spillage blamed for illness

Aloes community affected by outbreak of itchy rash and diarrhoea

As sewage continued to spill unabated into the Swartkops River yesterday, an elderly Aloes man was admitted to hospital with severe diarrhoea.

Community leader Eileen Leander said she and eight other members of the small community developed an itchy rash overnight.

“One of the children who is three years old has not been eating. His whole body is covered in this rash.”

She said they saw municipal officials working on the pipeline yesterday but the flow of sewage past their homes had not slowed down.

“One of our neighbours was hospitalised at the Motherwell Day Hospital.

“He was put on a drip. He was very ill and throwing up all the time. He had severe diarrhoea.”

Leander said ever since the sewage spill started in October, causing 18 000 litres of raw sewage to run into the Swartkops River per week from several pipe breaks, most of the had residents been ill.

“We have stomach and chest problems but we are always turned away by nurses at clinics in Wells Estate and Motherwell.”

– Estelle Eliis 

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