Kroonstad municipal manager in trouble about sewerage

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Kroonstad municipal manager in trouble about sewerage
Kroonstad municipal manager in trouble about sewerage

The municipal manager of the Moqhaka local municipality in the Free State is in trouble about sewage and is now facing criminal charges.

The municipality includes Kroonstad, Viljoenskroon, Steynsrus, and Vierfontein.

Simon Mqwathi apparently does nothing about with sewage that runs on streets in Kroonstad.

As a result, FF Plus has now brought charges against him with the police. “Mqwathi and the municipality under his management must be held accountable for the violation of the constitutional right of the residents of Kroonstad to a safe environment due to sewage that has been in streets in Kroonstad for months,” said FF Plus councilor Jeanie Hattingh in the Municipality.

The complaint was lodged at a police station in Kroonstad regarding the municipality’s breach of the National Water Act, the National Environmental Management Act and, in particular, Article 24 of the Constitution that states that every person has the right to an environment that does not harm his welfare or health.

“Sewage has been running in Impala Street for months, and a stream of sewage flows from Wilson Street to the stormwater drain right before the entrance of the municipality.

“I have already shown these places personally to municipal officials, but nothing is done about it. We will now force them to comply with their statutory duties, even if they are to be prosecuted by the letter of the law,” she said.

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