SAHRC probe finds Vaal River pollution violated several constitutional rights

The Human Rights Commission has released the findings of its investigation into the sewage crisis facing the Vaal District.

FILE: The Human Rights Commission has released the findings of its investigation into the sewage crisis facing the Vaal district. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – An inquiry into the contamination of the Vaal River system has found that the pollution over a five-year period violated several constitutional rights.

The Human Rights Commission has released the findings of its investigation into the sewage crisis facing the Vaal district.

The commission launched the inquiry back in 2018 following media reports and complaints from residents.

For years now, residents of the embattled eMfuleni Local Municipality have had to contend with raw sewage seeping through roads, homes, and even schools.

“A major health hazard to people and therefore their right to dignity as well. In addition, and apart from the long-term effects of pollution of the water resource of life, are the direct concerns relating to the negative impact that the pollution has had on the economy of the Vaal region,” said the commission's Buang Jones.

Download the Eyewitness News app to your iOS or Android device.