The South African Human Rights Commission is to hold a formal inquiry into the spillage of toxic effluent into the Vaal River. An ecological disaster has unfolded as raw sewage and industrial pollutants flow into parts of the river. Responding to a deluge of complaints by people and communities living nearby‚ the commission conducted an inspection to assess the state of the river on Monday. "What we saw … gave credence to allegations that have been made by residents that there is sewage spillage in the Vaal River‚" Gauteng provincial manager of the commission‚ Buang Jones‚ told radio 702 in an interview on Tuesday. "Some of the key concerns is that the pollution emanates from wastewater works that have been poorly managed by the Emfuleni municipality. We’ve also seen that toxic effluent emanates from industry‚ from a nearby Sasol plant‚ in the Vaal area‚ so we are going to initiate a formal inquiry to look into all these issues‚" he said. The decision to hold a formal inquiry was ta...

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