Residents says it’s a health hazard and a ticking time bomb which they believe is being ignored by local government.
The canal runs for about three kilometres through the Bluff National Park Golf Course and through a pipe leading into Angsteys Beach.
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Resident are now stuck with an overwhelming stench emanating from the polluted water.
Newswatch paid a visit to the area and saw a bubbling dark sludge-like layer that has rubbish and debris floating in it.
Environmental representative for the golf course Trish Barra says there’s been a build-up of methane gas.
“It’s like a rotting smell, like a very dirty toilet and it penetrates from here and stays – it just sits and floats on the water.”
Captain of the golf course Kevin Wolf on Friday took Newswatch on a tour along the canal by golf cart.
He says they often have to scoop out dead fish found floating in the water and burn it.
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“It is a health risk for everybody. Nobody can swim in the beaches and the fish are dying. We are losing our bird life here. We are in trouble.”
Wolf described it as a crisis, adding the state of the canal is not just affecting the environment but also business.
eThekwini Municipality has been contacted for comment.
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