New England Road Landfill: DA to investigate legal and Chapter 9 Institution options to compel compliance

Issued by Heinz de Boer, MPL – DA KZN Spokesperson on EDTEA
23 Jul 2020 in Press Statements

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) will investigate various legal and Chapter 9 Institution options in a bid to compel compliance at Msunduzi’s New England ¬Road¬ Landfill Site.

This as the city’s residents continue to suffer serious health challenges, including battling to breathe, as a result of toxic fumes emanating from ongoing fires.

This dump has been on fire intermittently for more than 15 years, demonstrating a complete lack of concern or accountability from those charged with managing the area.

Earlier oversight inspections by the DA at the dump have also exposed serious environmental and even social issues- with families living among the rubbish. Meanwhile, criminal charges laid against Msunduzi’s Municipal Manager in September last year have seemingly not yielded results.

The apparent lack of interest by both KZN EDTEA MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube – who laid the charges – in following up on this matter, along with the ongoing non-compliance by the ANC-led municipality demands urgent intervention. It is high time that the health of this community was taken seriously and the DA will seriously look into the various options mentioned. This may include requesting that the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) investigate this ongoing saga.

The DA believes there are some simple solutions to this ongoing issue. These include;

• Proper fencing of the dump site

• Stringent access control

• The establishment of a dedicated recycling area for those who rely on recyclables to make a living and;

• The relocation of those living within the site into proper housing.

We firmly believe that with these measures in place, the dump issue can be brought under control.

The residents of Msunduzi deserve more. Certainly, no one can be expected to live in an environment which compromises their health as a result of toxic smoke. The DA remains committed to ensuring that there is accountability from the ANC at both a provincial and local government level.