Capital Park steps up war on illegal dumping

More illegal dumpers were caught on Tuesday. Photo: Supplied

Yet another illegal dumper was caught in Capital Park on Tuesday.

Spokesperson of the Capital Park community policing forum, Laura Tait, said this happened in Paul Kruger Street around 14:00.

She said a fine of R2 500 was issued to illegal dumpers.

DA ward councillor Elma Nel said public protectors were constantly fighting against illegal dumping in ward 1.

“Illegal dumping in my ward just will not work due to our fantastic CPF,” she said.

“They are always patrolling our streets and residents are aware that they should report illegal dumping when they see it.”

She urged residents to keep up the work.

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“They can call me directly. The sooner they let me know, the sooner we can get the metro police on the scene,” she said.

“I will personally make sure that they get a fine of R2 500 and that they have to clean up their mess.”

She said when residents reported illegal dumping, they had to send her a picture and should be prepared to make a statement to the police.

Nel said she was satisfied with the fines issued.

“Illegal dumping was not just unsightly and unhealthy for residents of our beautiful city but also gives the impression of neglect and disarray which is an absolute crime magnet,” Nel said.

“We as residents must act in a responsible manner at all times as the impact of illegal dumping is much larger than the discarded heaps of rubble next to our roads.”

She said residents should take responsibility.

“It all starts with yourself. If you take the responsibility for your own actions, you will grasp that illegal dumping pollutes our area. If we just keep our sidewalks clean, it will already make a huge difference.”

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Nel also emphasised that the correct procedure should be followed when reporting illegal dumping.

“The correct procedure is to report your complaint through our various channels,” she said.

“A ward councillor cannot escalate municipal complaints without a reference number.”


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