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JOHANNESBURG'S environmental unit has shut down an illegal oil "recycling" operation that was run from a house in Freedom Park, Soweto.
Equipped with fork lifts, bakkies and trucks, the squad was accompanied by Metro police when they raided Mfana Nkosi's home. They confiscated drums of used oil but did not arrest Nkosi.
"I have lost thousands of rands. I am not robbing anyone. I am trying to support my family," Nkosi said yesterday.
The father of 13 said he bought used motor vehicle engine and cooking oil at factories around Gauteng for R500 or more a drum.
"When I get the oil it is dirty, so I cook it and then sell it for R1300 a drum. I have employed eight people for the job," he said.
A resident who asked to remain anonymous said smoke from the burning oil was affecting neighbours' health.
"Our noses get blocked and it affects our skin," she said.
Another resident said Nkosi's " recycling" operation was damaging his garden.
"The smoke is spoiling the colour of the leaves and the oil is affecting the soil," he said.
Independent environmental specialist De Wet Botha said burning the oil released toxic gases into the air, which violated the Air Quality Act.
"The area is a wetland. The toxins contaminate the soil and sink into the underground water table, harming the health of animals and plants.
"This is against the Water Quality Act," said Botha.
He said Nkosi was not recycling the oil because by burning it, he defeated the environmental aims of recycling.