AfriForum has gained one other authorized battle after the Rand West municipality in Gauteng pleaded responsible to expenses of contravening the National Environmental Act.
Matiam van Vuuren, AfriForum’s chairperson of the Randfontein department, laid the prison expenses in 2016 for sewage air pollution towards suspended municipal supervisor Themba Goba, after the municipality discharged partially untreated water right into a river.
In an announcement on Tuesday, AfriForum mentioned: “Themba Goba, the municipal manager of the Rand West City local municipality, who is currently suspended, today as the representative of the municipality pleaded guilty in terms of a plea agreement to complaints of pollution in terms of the National Environmental Act. Magistrate Vivian Hawkins ratified the plea agreement in the Randfontein regional court.”
The municipality has been slapped with a hefty high quality of R10-million, of which solely R3-million is payable. The the rest of the high quality is suspended for 5 years offered that the municipality complies with sure circumstances by way of the plea settlement.
“AfriForum has been fighting this battle relentlessly since 2016 and today’s ruling is a huge victory for us as the Randfontein branch, as well as for the community,” mentioned Van Vuuren.
“We are confident that this success will open the doors for other communities to also hold their municipalities criminally responsible for pollution due to defective sewage works.”
AfriForum mentioned it could proceed to fulfil its watchdog function to make sure the constitutional rules of a “clean environment and that the guilty parties are held accountable”.
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