CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 14, 2022/APO Group/ —
The Minister for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms Barbara Creecy, has condemned the killing of five Johannesburg city security guards in a shooting at the Goudkoppies landfill site in Devland, Johannesburg on Tuesday.
“The murder of the guards and the wounding of two of their companions is strongly condemned,” said the Minister.
“Although the details of the shooting are still unclear, I would like to encourage the police to take all necessary steps to ensure that those responsible for the attack on the security guards are arrested and convicted,” Minister Creecy said.
“Landfills play a central role in the country’s efforts to improve environmental and community health and an attack of this nature that resulted in the closure of the Devland landfill must be viewed seriously,” the Minister added.
The landfill has been temporarily closed.
However, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment and the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are supporting the municipality (and Pikitup) to ensure that waste management services are not negatively affected by this incident.
This is in addition to the support that is being enabled through the development of specific environmental interventions to ensure that the city’s existing landfills are upgraded and refurbished, and that new sites are licensed. The recyclers who divert most of the packaging waste from the landfill have also received personal protective equipment.
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