Water court case: Rand West municipality pleads guilty

South Africa

Johannesburg – There’s a hefty fine for contravening the National Environmental Act.

The Rand West municipality in Gauteng has pleaded guilty to this and has been slapped with a R10 million fine.

Only R3 million of this is payable.

The municipality discharged partially untreated water into a river threatening the lives of communities.

Complainants hope this court victory will be a first step to holding municipalities responsible for their negligence.

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