IFP calls for urgent government intervention to assist Umsunduzi River oil spill victims

The Inkatha Freedom Party is devastated by reports that communities along the uMsunduzi River are losing livestock owing to last week’s oil-spill following the collapse of Willowton Group’s oil tanks.

According to reports, communities are in a quandary because uMsunduzi River is the only source of water for their livestock. This indeed is a serious setback for these communities especially in the light of the very unhealthy economic situation in our country which exacerbates unemployment and poverty.

Consequently, while we commend the steps that the Department of Economic Affairs, Tourism and Environment and Willowton Group have taken towards cleaning uMsunduzi River, as well conducting the investigation, we urge them to further devise urgent means to attend to the urgent needs of these communities, who otherwise are facing tough times ahead.

Mr Joshua Mazibuko; MPL
KZN IFP Spokesperson: Conservation & Environmental Affairs