15 June 2016
High Court of South Africa, Eastern Cape Division, Grahamstown
Case No. 4341/2014
Date: 15 June 2016
Judge: Lowe J
Legislation considered: Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 read with the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008; the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008
The court handed down a structural interdict (a supervisory order) ordering the municipality to submit a report to court before 14 July 2016 detailing the steps it intends on taking to maintain a sewage works and to decommission a dump site with the area of its jurisdiction. the court found that the failure of the municipality to take those steps constituted a breach of its constitutional and statutory duties.