Veld fire: Court claim instituted

2012-06-01 00:00

WESTON Agricultural College has instituted a R209 000 high court claim against the Mpofana municipality, arising from a veld fire on July 15, 2010.

The college alleged, in papers filed in the Pietermaritzburg high court, that the municipality was negligent in a number of respects, which resulted in the fire spreading to and damaging its property.

The fire allegedly originated from a power line that falls under the control of the municipality.

It is alleged that the municipality had failed to prepare or maintain a firebreak and deploy an adequate complement of firefighters to extinguish the blaze.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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