Air quality NGO Upper Highway Air has brought legal action against waste management firm EnviroServ to interdict and restrain the company from conducting any of its licenced activities at the Shongweni landfill site.
The NGO claims that the landfill site is the cause of an odour in the Upper Highway areas which has led to health ailments and other problems.
Yesterday the NGO filed a combined summons in the Durban High Court against EnviroServ, its managing director Dean Thompson, technical director Esmé Gombault; the Minister of Environmental Affairs; the Minister of Water and Sanitation; the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs; and the eThekwini Municipality.
The Mercury has previously reported that residents of Hillcrest, Shongweni and Dassenhoek say that the fumes from its operations have made living conditions in the area unbearable, and have affected their health.
According to the particulars of the claim filed, the NGO said while the Environment Affairs ministry had asked EnviroServ to show cause why its licences should not be suspended, the ministry had yet to make a decision on the matter.