ActionSA to file criminal charges against CoCT over raw sewage debacle

CoCT will face criminal charges from ActionSA over the scandal involving raw sewage.

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Due to the City of Cape Town’s Marine Outfall Pipes’ ongoing discharge of raw sewage into the ocean, ActionSA has declared that it will bring criminal charges against the city.

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The organization claims that the decision came after the City responded to ActionSA’s information request, which revealed that it had” illegally non-complied with the stipulated requirements outlined in the Hout Bay Marine Outfall Permit issued in 2019.” The National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act is thus broken by the City.

The CoCT consistently exceeded both the permitted quantity and quality thresholds, breaking important provisions outlined in the permit, particularly with regard to effluent quantity. Importantly, according to ActionSA, breaking these monitoring requirements is a crime under the terms of the permit.

Additionally, the CoCT has disregarded its responsibility to provide the necessary reporting required by the permit. Additionally, it hasn’t submitted an effective improvement plan within the allotted one-year period following the permit’s issuance, nor has it established a statutory Permit Advisory Forum.

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The National Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment, according to the party, has also” fallen short of its obligations” by failing to establish a Compliance Review Committee as required by the permit’s paragraph 13. By taking this action, the permit conditions would have been kept under observation.

The City’s ongoing discharge of raw sewage into the ocean has had a significant negative impact on the environment, public health, and tourism industry, as we previously highlighted. Surprisingly, the City and National Departments’ guilt in this case has now been amply demonstrated to us.

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Finding out that these entrusted authorities are directly causing marine life to be destroyed and pose a threat to public health is both alarming and demoralizing.

ActionSA will use all available means to hold the City and National Department responsible for their minimal disregard for the permit requirements in light of the aforementioned.

On October 4, ActionSA participated in the first gathering of the general public in Simons Town. It was noted that due to the late arrival of city officials and the community members’ encounter with a locked community hall, the meeting was delayed.

Following a successful appeal submitted by the National Sea Rescue Institute( NSRI ) and ActionSA to Minister of Forestry, Fisheries, and Environmental Affairs Barbara Creecy, the public participation meetings were mandated.

Attending public meetings and submitting written comments, objections, and representations are encouraged for residents.

The remaining days of October are as follows:

  • 5 p.m. on October 12, 2023, at the Rocklands Civic Center.
  • At 5 p.m. on October 24, 2023, at Sea Point Hall.

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