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Kuils River declared a health hazard

Tests conducted by the City of Cape Town shows the water is highly contaminated.

Kuils River residents have complained about the filthy state of the area’s main river. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - Test results from samples taken from the Kuils River prove the water is highly contaminated, the City of Cape Town said on Friday.

Dozens of farms and homes in Zandvlei near Macassar were flooded with waste water from a nearby treatment plant over a week ago.

The City's Anwar Adams warned Zandvlei residents to keep their families and animals away from the rivers and flooded areas.

He says the dirty water poses serious health risks.

Scores of residents have fallen ill and animals have died as a result.

Earlier this week, residents said they were forced to conduct mop-up operations on their own.

Locals say they received no help from the City of Cape Town.

Adams said he contacted the necessary parties to find a solution to the problem.

Residents have complained about the state of the Kuils River since 2011, when reports emerged the river was "filthy".

They complained the municipality had been fobbing them off for months and couldn't be bothered to clean up the polluted waterway.

Resident Wynand du Plessis said, "I think its poor service because we pay rates and taxes. I believe that they must look after it and keep it clean."

The Black River off the M5 highway and Stellenbosch's Eerste River are also polluted.

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