Pollution lawsuit looming after chemical fire

Residents in Wentworth, Durban, are planning legal action against a fibre company in the area. 

DURBAN - Residents in Wentworth, Durban, are planning legal action against a fibre company in the area.

Some have fallen ill after inhaling noxious fumes emitted during a chemical fire on Friday.

Two days after a factory fire at the Safripol plant, the air was still smelling horrible.

But it's more than just discomfort. Possibly hundreds of residents have fallen ill.

On Saturday morning, the company's general manager met with residents to reassure them.

A mobile clinic has been set up outside the factory at the request of the community.

But they also want to take legal action to ensure they are protected in future.

"We are looking at how we can launch a case on the company and the government for failing to hold the company responsible, for failing to hold the constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment," said community activist Desmond D'Sa.

"This is not the first time we've been affected and this won't be the last."

The provincial environmental affairs department says it's investigating the incident and will work with residents and companies to find a long-term solution to the pollution.

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eNCA