By Jillian Green
Residents of Lotus Park in Isipingo, KwaZulu-Natal have called on the minister of environmental affairs and Tourism, Valli Moosa, and his provincial counterpart, Narend Singh, to ensure that the Sasol Polymers plant remained closed until the company had met the community's demands.
This came after a chlorine gas leak from the Sasol Polymers plant affected 27 people, including schoolchildren, last week.
At a meeting at the Strelitzia Secondary School on Sunday, residents and members of the Isipingo Environmental Crisis Committee voiced their concern over the apparent lack of action by chemical plants in the area to reduce the amount of pollutants in the air.
The committee's chairperson, Nanda Nair, said they agreed that the health of the children could not be compromised because of a company that continued to experience problems.