Illegal dumping in Parlock poses health risk to residents

Ward 11 PR councillor, Shontel De Boer, engage with businessman and owner of the land, Marlin Naidu, on the dumping of rubble on his land.

Disgruntled residents of Rochdale Road in Parlock are against the illegal dumping of rubble and tyres on a vacant piece land on the street they live in.

They claim that breathing in the particles from the soil and dirt from the vacant land is a health hazard and poses a risk to their already deteriorating health.

Seventy-year-old Mrs V Govender who has lived in the area for about 10 years said she suffered five-way bypass and always has a heavy chest. “I have to stay indoors with my windows closed at all times as the air is filled with dust.

Breathing in the dirty air makes my condition deteriorate. I have been to the doctor several times as I keep getting sick and was told it is because of this dumping which is occurring opposite my home,” said the disgruntled pensioner.

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Govender claims that the owner of the land who resides on the same street is arrogant and did not consult the community before illegally dumping rubble on the vacant land.

Illegal dumping is taking place on this piece of land.

He added that the illegal dumping on the land started in March and has been continuous ever since. “We as the community are not happy about the dumping and it needs to stop,” she said.

“Due to the ongoing activity on the land and illegal dumping, the stormwater pipes at one of the resident’s house were also removed, leaving a stormwater drain without pipes for the water to run into,” said Govender.

Speaking to the Rising Sun, the owner of the land who was accused of dumping rubble, Marlin Naidu, said the people who are complaining are envious and jealous of him.

“I own this entire land and I am levelling it so that we can plant vegetables. I have sent water tankers and I am fixing this land as I want to use it for a good cause,” he said.

Ward 11 PR councillor, Shontel De Boer, said she acted on the complaint from residents regarding dumping of builders rubble on municipal property.

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“I went out and found massive amounts of rubble, took some pics and emailed the Real Estate Department, the Parks Law Enforcement Division, Environmental Health and the Roads and Stormwater Departments. Law enforcement went out and spoke to the offender and informed the resident to stop dumping and remove the rubble within seven days,” she said.

Cllr De Boer added that a member of Parliament, Omie Singh, stated that the offender owns the vacant land but the Municipal GIS system shows only a small portion of the land is owned by the offender.

“The health issues negatively affecting the residents have not been addressed by the Environmental Health Department and the dumping continues,” said Cllr De Boer.

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