Beach camp: ‘brothers defy court order’

2010-03-19 00:00

THE iSimangaliso Wetland Park authority has instituted an action for contempt of court in the high court in Durban against two brothers who allegedly ignored previous court orders to stop their illegal construction work at Bhanga Neck beach camp in the world heritage site.

iSimangaliso said the brothers, Madolwane Mthembu and Simon Mlabane Tembe, flouted the high court orders granted on September 25 and November 25, 2009, in terms of which they were interdicted from continuing with construction work in the park.

“Officials of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority and its conservation manager, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, inspected the site and found that construction was continuing. The two authorities are joint applicants with the minister of Water and Environmental Affairs in the case,” a spokesman for iSimangaliso said in a statement yesterday.

The applicants have asked for the brothers to be found in contempt of court and jailed for up to three months, for legal costs and for authorisation to demolish new construction at the site, which is in the ecologically sensitive coastal forest reserve.

The brothers yesterday gave notice of an intention to oppose the application.

The case was postponed to March 26.

Application will be made to have the matter heard urgently, the park authority said.

In February 2010, three other unauthorised commercial developments in the same area were dismantled on the instructions of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

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