Environmental lawyer Jeremy Ridl has been briefed by Pietermaritzburg schools and community groups to take action against the KZN Government and the Msunduzi Municipality over the problems caused by a local landfill.

The New England Road landfill is the primary disposal site for the city and greater Pietermaritzburg area and has allegedly been the source of many health and pollution problems, according to a GroundUp report.

Now three schools have now banded together, with others, under the #LovePmb banner to take legal action.

The group has briefed Ridl to seek an urgent High Court interdict if engagement with KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala, and the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, does not deliver results.

In a recent letter to Zikalala, Ridl demanded that the provincial government provide a detailed plan for remedial work at the landfill, including budgets and timeframes for the completion of the work, failing which #LovePmb would seek a court order compelling the government to do so.

#LovePMB wants the state to move the landfill to a new site within the next five years.

The group also wants a monitoring committee to be established and for there to be monthly progress reports.

Ridl said some of these actions had since been taken, like the preparation of a remedial action plan. But this had yet to be made public.

Similarly, a monitoring committee had been established, but the schools had not been invited to serve on it.

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