Isipingo beach cleanup begins | Witness
The municipality of eThekwini has launched a clean-up operation in the lagoon of Isipingo Beach following the discovery of dead fish over the weekend.
The city’s communications unit said specialist clean-up crews were on site yesterday to responsibly collect and dispose of the fish.
Again, the public is advised to refrain from fishing in the vicinity and from picking up or consuming dead species during clean-up operations. Contact with the lagoon and sea water should also be avoided. An investigation to determine the origin of the pollution is underway. The city will continue to monitor water quality in rivers and on beaches through sampling and field surveys.
A video clip of the scene circulated on Facebook on Tuesday. The person in the clip can be heard saying:
It’s August 9, 2022, at Isipingo River Mouth. There is a strong smell in this water, it looks like it is very heavily contaminated.
It’s really shocking to see the amount of dead fish. It could be due to some toxic chemicals that got into the waterway. We need to investigate who these culprits are. Hundreds of these fish, all dead due to certain pollutants in this water, it’s devastating and shocking…
Environmental activist Des D’sa said the situation was not good for the people of Isipingo and the surrounding area. He said the municipality was ill-equipped to clean fish.
They couldn’t pick up the fish from the water because they didn’t have a boat or boots. The smell has been bad since Monday in the area and the sewage spills do not improve the situation.
This is all due to a lack of proper planning for the maintenance of the sewage system. This smell and that of the chemical spill caused a real stench for the inhabitants of the area…
He said there would be a march scheduled for tomorrow to protest the continued spills that are causing harm to marine life.
The march will move from Suncoast at 9 a.m. to the amphitheater, where they expect to deliver a memorandum to city officials.