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National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours): 0800 205 005

In addition, there are a number of national and provincial hotlines that may be useful for the reporting of environmental crimes, gathering information and identifying the right authorities and their contact information.

Download the DEA booklet Stepping Up Enforcement.

For those of you who have opened a criminal docket and are looking for a prosecutor in a particular area who is interested and trained in environmental crimes, you can download the full list of prosecutors who have attended Justice College’s training courses on the prosecution of environmental crimes.

When Mines Break Environmental Laws: How to Use Criminal Prosecution to Enforce Environmental Rights

When Mines Break Environmental LawsCivil society, community based organisations, communities and individuals have a critical role to play in the enforcement and monitoring of environmental violations by mining companies. One of the key tools available to these affected parties is the reporting of criminal activities by mining companies. The Centre’s guide When Mines Break Environmental Laws: How to Use Criminal Prosecution to Enforce Environmental Rights is an accessible, easy-to-use guide to the criminal process, and comes with a schedule of criminal offences potentially applicable to mining activities (which will be updated from time to time). In publishing and distributing this guide, the Centre hopes to empower communities and other affected parties to hold mining companies that operate in criminal contravention of the law, who operate without water use licences or environmental authorisations or in non-compliance with their environmental management plans and social and labour plans, to account and to ensure their rights and interests are protected.

Download the booklet and schedules here:

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Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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0800 205 005

Contact the National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours) or one of the national and provincial hotlines.