Durban - Dead fish and even dead cows were a common sight in the Umsundusi valley on Friday as the massive fatty oil and caustic soda spill from a factory in Pietermaritzburg worked it's way downstream.
As the eThekwini municipality issued an urgent warning to residents around the Inanda Dam downstream not to touch the water and not to let their livestock drink it, Duzi Canoe Marathon spokesman Ray de Vries took to Facebook to describe the situation in the valley.
"The spill is wiping out everything in the river as far as 60km already. Three cows that we know have died and locals are carrying fish away to eat. There is no sign of authorities at all," he wrote.
“This is one of the worst spillages we have seen in 30 years,” said De Vries.