Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
2 minute read
17 Jun 2020
5:10 am

Highveld’s air quality so bad that UN wants to join SA court case

Bernadette Wicks

Lawyers for Human Rights said this was only the second time the UN special rapporteur had entered into 'potentially precedent-setting national litigation'.

FILE PHOTO: Steam rises at sunrise from the Lethabo Power Station, a coal-fired power station owned by state power utility Eskom near Sasolburg, South Africa, March 2, 2016. Picture: REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko

The poor air quality on the Highveld has become an international concern – so much so that the United Nations now wants to step in, in a court case between environmental lobby group groundWork and government over the issue. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will be in the High Court in Pretoria this month to present arguments on behalf of the UN’s special rapporteur on environment and human rights, David Boyd, around why he should be admitted as a friend of the court. LHR said in a statement last week this was only the second time the special rapporteur had...