Durban - EnviroServ and the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Green Scorpions are expected to go head-to-head in November as the Pietermaritzburg High Court matter set down for Friday was postponed.
EnviroServ requested the adjournment but did not provide a reason.
According to Department of Environmental Affairs spokesperson Albi Modise: “The Department of Environmental Affairs (as it was known then) initiated a criminal investigation against Enviroserv in 2016, after it was established that malodours were emanating from the Shongweni landfill site. These odours formed the basis of a significant number of complaints that were reported to the authorities.”
The Shongweni landfill fight has been raging for more than three years, with community members and the Department of Environmental Affairs fighting the waste management company over odours allegedly emanating from the landfill that have made residents sick.
Modise said EnviroServ had challenged the criminal charges laid against it and which related to contravening various sections of the National Environmental Management Act, which aims to protect and enhance the quality of the air and the prevention of air pollution, among other things, as well as dealing with waste management practices and encouraging environmentally-friendly practices.