How Cape Town escaped a trash catastrophe with an unlawful land grab

25 February 2019 - 08:00 By Dave Chambers
Cape Town narrowly escaped a garbage and public health emergency in December 2016, it has emerged in the Cape Town High Court.
Cape Town narrowly escaped a garbage and public health emergency in December 2016, it has emerged in the Cape Town High Court.
Image: 123rf/Witthaya Phonsawat

Cape Town was on the brink of a garbage disaster just before Christmas in 2016 – but it was kept secret and resolved unlawfully.

The “situation of potential emergency” has come to light in a court judgment which lambasts the city council for an 11th-hour land grab intended to stave off catastrophe.

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