Angry Mbutshane residents to fence off illegal dump site

The fed up community of Mbutshane, near Hilton, have decided to fence off an illegal dumping site near their residential area after cleaning up the area.

Fano Nkala, a community member, told The Witness that they stopped reporting the illegal dump to uMngeni Municipality after they allegedly spotted municipal vehicles also dumping trees and cables at the illegal dump situated on Knoll Drive in Hilton.

“We have had this problem for the past five years now. We have reported it so many times but nothing ever happens,” he said.

Nkala said neighbouring businesses and houses disposed of waste including baby diapers, electric cables, building rubble, household waste, pipes, trees and grass at that site.

“This place is now infested by wild pigs, snakes and has become a nest for vagrants and criminals. Our homes are just below the dump. We inhale all this dirt and it makes our children sick,” he said.

Another irate community member, Bongani Ngcobo, said last year his “treasured” Hereford bull was killed after being bitten by a snake near the dump site.

“The rats at the dump attract snakes which are a danger to community members and to our livestock,” he said.

Ngcobo said they will burn all the waste, get a grader to move the waste and then fence off the area to prevent anyone from dumping there again.

“We have been cleaning up this dump for years now and we are tired.”

Ngcobo said when they tried to get in touch with the owner of the land, they were told he was overseas.

“We want to make it very clear that we are not stealing or grabbing his land. We are not even affiliated with any political party. We are just fed up so we will fence the area and will only remove the fence when the owner takes responsibility for it,” he said.

Thando Mgaga, uMngeni Municipality spokesperson, said their waste management division was only recently made aware of the illegal dumping.

“Upon inspection it was established that the illegal dumpers mostly dumped garden refuse. Our inspection did not find the materials mentioned such as electricity cables,” he said.

Mgaga said a plan was drafted and that a TLB and a tipper truck was being sent in to clear and dispose of the illegally dumped garden refuse and any other illegally dumped waste.

“Also it is untrue that municipal vehicles have been used to illegally dump at the said site,” he added.

Nkala said he doubted that the municipality would be true to their word and send people to clear the dump but they will have to “wait and see”.