The South African Human Rights Commission released its findings into the #VaalSewage issue in a livestreamed webinar.
The commission was alerted to the water crisis, which has raw sewage spilling into the Vaal River from the Emfuleni local municipality in 2018.
Webinar: Final Report of the Gauteng Provincial
Inquiry Into the Sewage Problem
of the Vaal River LiveStream https://t.co/ZmeA428ALk
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The commission recommends
Dilapidated waste water treatment plants have been unable to process the sewage produced by Emfuleni.
Chief Executive Officer of the Water Research Commission Dhesigen Naidoo concludes that a wastewater treatment solution must be adopted.
The recommendation from the commission is for the National and Provincial governments to conduct a detailed needs assessment for the clean-up and rehabilitation of the Vaal.
According to officials the issue is a result of infrastructure damage during service delivery protests which cost the municipality at least R89 million.