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Cattle carcasses scattered over landfill site; AfriForum requests intervention

May 27, 2015 deur Mariska Batt

The civil rights organisation AfriForum has requested the intervention of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health at the Paulpietersburg landfill site after the local AfriForum branch performed an audit on the site earlier this month.

“It is with surprise and disappointment that AfriForum learned that the eDumbe Local Municipality allows cattle carcasses to be dumped at the landfill site. These carcasses are dumped on heaps, left for weeks and from time to time the municipal official set them alight. It is the local municipality’s responsibility to place the carcasses in a trench and bury it immediately,” said Chris Fourie, AfriForum’s Provincial Coordinator for KwaZulu-Natal.

These cattle carcasses on the landfill site are a serious health risk and can cause, amongst others, anthrax, botulism, tuberculosis and rabies, and lead to the death of a person or animal.

“What is also of great concern, is the fact that there are a lot of carcasses – where did they come from? Was there a disease outbreak? Was the state vet notified and was an investigation done?” asked Fourie.

AfriForum has requested the District Manager of Zululand, Mrs D.T. Memela, to intervene in this matter and take the necessary action to rectify the situation.

AfriForum will closely monitor the process to ensure that the carcasses are removed or buried.