Mystery man’s plans for illegal development in Southport

2016-10-20 06:00
PHOTOS: candyce krishna Vickesh Gunpath (left) and Tony Manuel of Transnet Freight Rail inspect the property.

PHOTOS: candyce krishna Vickesh Gunpath (left) and Tony Manuel of Transnet Freight Rail inspect the property.

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“I had no idea that the property could even be sold as it’s so close to the railway lines,” he added.

During his conversation with Ian a few months ago, Daniels established that Ian works overseas and only comes to South Africa every few months. Ian showed Daniels plans and said his house was below road level and would not obstruct any view.

Ian said he bought the property on condition that he rehabilitates the plot after he has built, so he would have to plant milkwood trees and the like.

Ian said he intends utilising Lot 1014 and a section of Lot 1027 to build his new home.

A neighbours of Daniels, who prefers to remain anonymous, did some digging and established that the lot numbers were not on the valuation roll.

“I don’t understand how someone could think that building that close to a railway line is prohibited.

“Maybe someone has scammed this man into thinking he owns this property, but he certainly doesn’t,” said the source.

She then contacted the Fever­ to investigate further.

According to the deeds office, Lot 1014, which Ian claims he owns, belongs to Transnet. Lot 1027 is regarded as riparian land as it borders the lagoon.

The Fever contacted Transet, who sent two investigators - Vickesh Gunpath and Tony Manuel - from their freight rail division, who confirmed the property belongs to Transnet.

Selby Dlamini, senior manager for corporate affairs for Transnet Freight and Rail said there will be serious consequences to face should Ian continue with the clearing and development on this property.

“It is correct that Property Erf 1014, Southport belongs to Transnet and is utilised as a rail reserve. Transnet has not sold nor leased the same property to a third party,” said Dlamini.

“We have accordingly initiated some investigation and should we find that somebody is invading on our property we will not hesitate to seek legal remedy,” he added.

After thorough investigation, the Fever could not establish Ian’s whereabouts and none of his details were captured by the homeowner, who spoke to him.

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