Optic fibre cabling row back in court

2014-05-07 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality has been given leave to appeal a recent decision by Judge Esther Steyn, who dismissed the municipality’s application for an interdict to stop a national electronic communications network company, Dark Fibre Africa, from installing optic fibre cables in the city without permission.

The municipality’s stance was that the company’s conduct potentially caused harm to the public and was unconstitutional. However, Dark Fibre Africa contended it had an absolute right under the Electronic Communications Act of 2005 to carry out its work on public and private land, including municipal land, without permission.

The judge yesterday granted the municipality leave to appeal the ruling in the Supreme Court of Appeals.

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