Cape Town principal charged with taking cash for illegal dumping at school

2016-06-01 15:42
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Cape Town – A Cape Town principal has been charged with accepting money in return for allowing large quantities of building rubble to be dumped at his high school.

The Green Scorpions took action against the principal and a co-accused because of the risk to pupils and the environment, Western Cape environmental compliance and enforcement director Eshaam Palmer said.

The accused appeared in Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday and would return on June 17.

Trafalgar High School in Zonnebloem was named as the site of the alleged crimes by the office of Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell.

The high school and education department’s websites listed the principal as N (Nadeem) Hendricks.

Palmer said the pair allegedly negotiated with a construction company to lease a portion of the school property. This was so that large volumes of demolition waste could be stored and disposed of during construction opposite the school.

"The company allegedly paid the principal an amount of R120 000 for utilising the portion of the land for dumping."

He allegedly accepted a further R40 000.

Palmer said there had been a number of illegal dumping cases at schools in the province.

The Trafalgar case was referred for investigation because a compliance notice issued by the provincial environmental affairs department had been ignored.

Bredell congratulated the environmental management inspectors.

"The Green Scorpions are not always popular, but they are increasingly vital given the proliferation of environmental challenges in South Africa," Bredell said.

"It’s crucial to get communities to co-operate and work with the authorities. At the end of the day it’s to everyone’s benefit to protect our environment as best we can."

Bredell said dumping had a maximum criminal penalty of R10m and/or 10 years imprisonment per charge.

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