The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is calling on members of the Vaal community and surrounding areas to make written submissions to fully address the issues for investigation.

This comes after SAHRC conducted a site inspection of the Vaal River following allegations of approximately 150 megalitres of raw sewage spilling into the river daily.

According to the commission the site inspection has revealed a prima facie violation of the rights of access to clean water, clean environment and human dignity.

“In light of this, the Commission will hold an inquiry at Stonehaven on the Vaal on 25, 26 & 27 September 2018 as part of its investigation into these allegations.

Members of the Vaal community and surrounding areas, organisations and interested parties are invited to make written submissions to the Commission in order to fully address the issues for investigation,” SAHRC said in a statement.