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Deadly air case

2021 .05 .19
Vosman (Emalahleni)
Vusi Mabaso (VEM )

On the 23rd of November 2007 the then minister of Environment now known as Department of Environmental Affairs Forestry and Fisheries declared the Highveld as a Highveld Priority Area (HPA) that was because of its poor air quality. Nothing ha been done since the declaration until in 2012 whereby the Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) was putten in place .
Little has been done since then,only the monitoring stations has been installed of which are not working properly. After writing several letters to our Municipality and the Provincial government with no responce we decided to file a case
In 2019 as Vukani Environmental Movement together with Groundwork and the Center for Environmental Rights .We named the case Deadly Air Case .The culprits are the Government of the RSA ,The President, The minister of DEFF , National Air Quality Officers Mpumalanga and Gauteng .We open a case in the violation of section 24(a) of the constitution of RSA where it says everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or wellbeing.
The case was listened to on the 17th to the 19th of May last week Monday to Wednesday.
We are waiting for the verdict from the Judge which might take up to six(6) months to be anounced .