CT residents assured water in Zeekoeivlei not toxic

Officials have already removed more than 15,000 dead fish from the lake since Friday.

An estimated 5,000 individual fish were found dead in Zeekoevlei in Cape Town. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has assured residents the water in Zeekoeivlei is not toxic to humans.

More than 15,000 dead fish have been removed from the lake since Friday.

City officials say the fish died from a herpes virus.

The city's Julia Wood said, "I think we've got at least another 10 tonnes to remove, so we still got quite a lot to remove but we're doing very well by actually getting it out."

Dead fish have also been spotted in Keysers River, Westlake and Zandvlei.

Wood also made an appeal to residents not to eat the fish.

"If you see dead fish, people must not pick it up. They must not eat them because we really need to be cautious."