Jagersfontein mine slimes dam disaster was preventable, says water expert

On Sunday, the collapse of the wall of a slimes dam at the Jagersfontein diamond mine in the Free State led to a 1.5km wide wave of grey mud gushing into the area. It inundated homes, killed one person, injuring more than 70 and displacing hundreds.

“This is not a natural disaster,” said Sputnik Ratau, spokesperson for the water and sanitation department. “That is why, from our point of view, we really are saying to the mine that this is a disaster.”

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