In November 2021, Natural Justice led an urgent court interdict application to stop Shell’s seismic surveys off the Wild Coast of South Africa because of the harm it posed to the local communities and environment, and because Shell and the Ministery of Mineral Resources had flouted their legal obligations to respect citizens’ right of consultation and public participation. We lost.
However, a successful interdict was obtained a few weeks later by the applicants in the Sustaining the Wild Coast case – a separate court case brought on behalf of communities on the Wild Coast. Victory!
Part A of this case saw Shell interdicted until Part B could be heard. Part B will review the decision by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to grant an exploration right in the first place. Natural Justice filed a motion in February 2022 requesting that our application be joined with the application in the Sustaining the Wild Cost case in order to argue Part B before the court. Solidarity!
Both the joinder application and Part B will be heard by a full bench of Judges in Gqeberha at the Port Elizabeth High Court, from Monday 30 May to Wednesday 1 June 2022. Judgment will likely be reserved until later this year.
If we win, this case will:
We need your support! Help us fund a united legal front to strengthen the global movement to transition away from fossil fuels and advance a sustainable future.
Organise, mobilise and take direct action! With people power and solidarity, we can advance a just transition, defend people and planet, hold duty bearers accountable and uphold the rule of law. Join local demonstrations in your area or take part in pickets outside the court room.