For more than a month raw sewage has been flowing directly into the Vaal because of mismanagement by the Emfuleni and Ngwathe local authorities.
The river has turned green and scores of dead fish have washed up on its riverbanks in the past week. When some Parys residents opened their taps this week, the water was green and “smelt of dead fish”.
“The sewage crisis along the banks of the Vaal River in Emfuleni is out of control and causing unbearable living conditions for residents,” she said.
It also presents a health risk and an environmental disaster.