Fresh legal challenge in ‘big stink’ landfill battle

The row over the "rotten egg, big stink" – said to come from a landfill site adjoining the Durban suburbs of Hillcrest and Shongweni – has intensified, with a fresh legal challenge seeking to compel the relevant ministers and departments to take action against the site’s owners, waste management company EnviroServ. This week, Upper Highway Air (UHA) – the activist group leading the charge against what is alleged to be a noxious health-threatening smell affecting residents – lodged papers in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban against the national minister and director-general of environment affairs, the provincial head of the department, and the eThekwini Municipality.