Over 500 000 bottles and cans of expired beer were found dumped on a farm in Cramond, outside Pietermaritzburg, on Friday.
Trevor Kelly, a community member in Cramond, on Saturday told The Witness that a contractor of an alcoholic beverage company had dumped the beer on a privately owned farm, just 100 meters from the R33 Road in Albert Falls, on Friday.
Kelly said the bottles and cans had expired and were supposed to have been properly disposed of.
“There were about 500 people last night (Friday) here who came rushing and were looting it. The security guards had to fire shots to get them to disperse. It went on for hours and by 2am they had managed to get it under control,” he said.
Kelly said the community members in the area held a meeting on Saturday morning with representatives from the environmental affairs department and South African Breweries (SAB).
He said it was established that a private contractor, who was commissioned to properly dispose of the expired beer, had instead decided to dump it on the farm.
Kelly said environmental affairs department representatives indicated that they intended on laying charges against the parties involved for not having proper disposal certificates and/or not following disposal protocols.
He said clean up operations of the farm had already started by Saturday.
SAB and the provincial Department Environmental Affairs had not responded to The Witness' queries at the time of publication.
*This is a developing story