Illegal dumping a huge problem

Empty stands with litter everywhere are common sights in Lephalale
Empty stands with litter everywhere are common sights in Lephalale

Leoni Kruger
LEPHALALE — The Community Policing Forum (CPF) is a good platform to use to get the community involved in the Keep Lephalale Clean Campaign said Thys Eloff, Chairperson of the CPF, during the CPF meeting on Thursday.
He said it is easy for the municipality to go to the land owner of an empty stand full of rubbish and to talk to them about it, but the culprit responsible for the mess must be punished.
“As far as I know the municipal bylaws state a R1 000 fine is to be paid for illegal dumping, but show me anyone who has paid a fine for illegal dumping” he said.
Astrid Basson, DA councillor, said it is easier said than done. “It gets worse every day. People literally throw everything out of the car window. There has to be a more visible effort to clean up” she said.
Lofty Fourie, member of the CPF, said there should be a general consequence and that a guideline is needed from the law enforcers.
“The police are part of the problem – we have to get the municipality, the traffic department and the police involved in this” he said.
It was also reported that the municipal waste trucks are culprits because they over fill the trucks and the waste that falls off is simply left in the streets. “Where are the supervisors? They use casual labour for the ‘runners’ to remove the waste but they just don’t care” he said.

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