Court halts toxic mine sand removal

2012-07-02 13:19

Johannesburg - The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has put a halt to the removal of radioactive and toxic mine residue from an informal settlement in Mogale City, Beeld newspaper reported on Monday.

The interim interdict was granted on Friday to the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE), represented by the Legal Resources Centre, against the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) and the Mogale City Local Municipality.

It halted the removal of the sand from the Tudor Shaft Informal Settlement, where 5 000 people live, pending a court hearing next Tuesday, Beeld reported.

The mining group Mintails started removing the mining sand on Thursday, on the instruction of the municipality and the NNR.

In court papers, the FSE said it welcomed the removal of the toxic residue, but felt this should be done in a responsible way, and after an assessment of the effect it would have on the community's health.

FSE director Mariette Lieferink told the newspaper she had tried in vain for more than 10 years to persuade the municipality and the NNR to move the Tudor Shaft residents to an area where they could receive decent housing and services.

The court application was unopposed by the department of environmental affairs.

  • hugo.lategan - 2012-07-02 14:08

    And what about the toxic spray residue that lands on cars traveling from Mondeor to Maraisburg every day?

  • badballie - 2012-07-02 14:20

    Fact: the South African mine dumps that form part of the familiar Johannesburg and Pretoria skylines were declared to contain radioactive particles at levels exceeding 400 times the international acceptable level by WHO several years ago, another little fact that was conveniently left out of our news by the media. Each time the wind blows this radioactive dust is spread further and further, affecting the health and life expectancy of everyone unfortunate enough to breath the dust. If this is moved, where to, how, and how will further contamination be prevented? just a few more uncomfortable questions the media and government will definitely not answer.

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