WATCH VIDEO: More illegal dumping in Capital Park

Illegal dumping in Paul Kruger Street. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

Capital Park is turning into the dumping capital of the metro, residents complained this week.

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Gates put up to keep illegal dumpers out were simply being broken down, said resident Henk Viljoen.

“We have at least two dumpsites that are really a thorn in the side of our suburb,” he said.

“Illegal dumping is taking place in Paul Kruger Street, just before it becomes Mansfield Avenue on the Prasa grounds.” Viljoen said.

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Prasa has not commented by the time of going to print.

According to Viljoen, trash was also being dumped into the Apies river.

“Dumped trash in the Apies river washes down when the water rises during floods and sits on the river banks at the low water bridge,” he said.

“After the trash gets stuck on the river bank, it lies there for a very long time before it is cleaned up.”

“At the end of the day the river is part of nature and to see it polluted, really break one’s heart.”

DA ward 1 councillor Elma Nel recently told Rekord that oil gets also dumped into the Apies river by illegal dumpers.

“People should start taking responsibility. Illegal dumping pollutes our environment,” she told Rekord last year.

According to Nel, the dumping of oil into the river has since stopped.

She also expressed concern over illegal dumping in Myburgh Street.

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“The moment there is an open field in an area, it becomes an illegal dumping site,” she told Rekord.

Nel thanked the Capital Park CPF and the metro police for catching people who were on their way to dump trash in Es’kia Mphahlele Drive, just before the sewage plant.

“I thank all parties involved from the bottom of my heart for catching the illegal dumpers,” Nel said.

According to the chairman of the CPF, Marc Gray, said a strange vehicle was spotted and followed.

“The truck went over the Apies river low-water bridge towards Es’kia Mphahlele Drive,” said Gray.

“We along with the metro police caught the suspect and a fine of R2 500 was issued for illegal dumping.”

Viljoen also expressed concern over vagrants making a mess when going through trash placed outside for collection.

“When the wind blows, messed trash blows into our drive ways.”

Mike Burd from sub-sector policing was equally worried over dumping in Capital Park.

“Ward councillors have worked together in the past to clean up the area,” Burd said.

At the time of going to print, the metro could not be reached for comment about further plans to put a stop to illegal dumping.

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