Pretoria - Reports in the media, particularly on social media, suggesting that a reservoir in the Montclair policing area just outside Durban was "bombed" are not only false, but also very irresponsible, the South African Police Service (SAPS) said on Sunday.
On Saturday morning, at about 5am, the walls of a water reservoir in Alamein Avenue in Montclair gave way, causing hundreds of kilolitres of water to gush out, SAPS spokesman Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said.
As a result of this, a private company in close proximity to the reservoir was severely affected. Fortunately, there had not been any injuries or deaths. Forensic experts had found no evidence at this stage that even suggested that the damage to the reservoir was a result of any form of criminal action, he said.
On Saturday, City of eThekwini city manager Sipho Nzuza said in a statement released to the media - later retracted by the city - that the reservoir had been "bombed". "We have [a] strong suspicion that it is related to the illegal industrial action that is under way in our municipality," he said.
The city retracted the statement later on Saturday, saying investigators had pointed out that the damage could have been caused by structural defects.