Durban – The National Prosecuting Authority on Friday, presented the Durban Regional Court with an amended charge sheet in the criminal case against waste management giant EnviroServ relating to the company’s alleged mismanagement of its Shongweni landfill.
The case was postponed to February 7, in order for the accused’s legal representatives to study the amended charge sheet.
The accused are EnviroServ, its chief executive Dean Thompson, group technical director Esmé Gombault, group technical specialist Dr Johan Schoonraad and coastal manager Clive Kidd, who all appeared.
They had a considerable amount of support from EnviroServ staff inside the courtroom while outside the building members of the Upper Highway Air NPC, a non-profit consisting of affected residents, held a silent protest.
Count one is for the contravention of the National Environmental Management Waste Act for failing to manage the landfill's waste “in such a manner that it does not cause a nuisance through odour”; and count two is for contravention of the National Environmental Management Air Quality Act by failing to prevent “the emission of offensive odour caused by activities on their premises”.