Man fined R832 000 for infringement of estate’s rules

2013-06-20 10:32

A man living in a Kempton Park housing estate has been fined R832 000 for alleged infringements of the estate’s rules.

The estate’s homeowners’ association handed Tom Lessing a bill for “building penalties”, including fines for working on the house on a Saturday and nonindigenous plants in his garden, The Star reported today.

Most of the penalties related to Lessing living on the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate without an occupation certificate, the homeowners’ association said.

Lessing claimed that the fines were retribution for his complaints to the Ekurhuleni metro police about the estate’s alleged lack of regard for national traffic laws on its roads.

In an email to Chief-Supt Leon Saaiman in March, Lessing claimed that the estate’s security guards rode unlicensed quadbikes, which was against the National Road Traffic Act.

Lessing became aware of the fines in early May, and had approached the Justice Project SA.

The estate’s rules indicated that residents could be fined R2 000 “per incident”, but did not specify whether the fines could accumulate over time.

Lessing said he did not deny that he was obligated to comply with the estate’s regulations.

“But who do you know who can afford nearly a million rand in fines?”

The Justice Project SA wanted to know how the homeowners’ association obtained a copy of Lessing’s complaint regarding the alleged traffic infringements, as the metro police denied leaking the information.

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