EnviroServ case postponed

2017-04-18 06:00


MANY Upper Highway residents made their way to the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for the State vs EnviroServ­ case.

Natasha Kara of the National Prosecuting Authority said that the matter was in court on 11 April for the State to hand over a copy of the docket to the defence.

“The prosecutor mentioned in court that due to further statements and evidence coming to light, the existing charge sheet will have to be amended with the possibility of charges and possibility accused being added.

“The charge sheet is therefore not a final charge sheet. It is for that reason that I cannot, at this stage, confirm the charges faced by the accused,” she said.

The matter was adjourned to 17 August.

However, EnviroServ said the postponement of the criminal matter between EnviroServ and the State by the Durban Magistrate’s Court comes as a surprise to them.

“When we said that proceedings against EnviroServ had been launched prematurely and before we could finalise our expert reports, we were told the State had enough evidence to secure a conviction.

“It has emerged on the morning of the case that they not only need to review the charge sheet but also gather further evidence,” said EnviroServ Group CEO Dean Thompson.

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