KDM demolishes illegal houses >> continued on page 3

2016-10-05 06:00
Photo: jyothi laldas The site of the first demolition on Monday.

Photo: jyothi laldas The site of the first demolition on Monday.

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GLENHILLS residents threatened to burn a TLB that was sent to the area by the KwaDukuza Municipality (KDM) on Monday morning, to enforce a High Court judgment.

The judgment permits the demolition of partially constructed and unoccupied houses - fully constructed - built illegally on municipal properties in the Happy Valley, Top Shop and Murugan’s Road areas of Glenhills.

According to the court order, only homes that are not fully constructed and those which are not already occupied by residents - only if illegally built - would be demolished.

KDM officials, accompanied by SAPS, riot police and crime prevention officers began the demolition in the Happy Valley area where one fully constructed structure was demolished.

The “owner” of the structure was not present at the time.

As they proceeded to the next site for inspection, community members began to threatened to burn the TLB if they continued, demanding the intervention of the ward councillor Rabi Singh and a complete stop to the demolition.

This stopped the process temporarily as the driver of the hired TLB fled the area­ in fear.

Residents claim they were not informed about the enforcement of the court order and say they will not allow the process to continue.

According to the court order dated 1 August, the action was brought against several individuals, including various unknown individuals who are “purchasing plots, erecting buildings and grabbing and occupying vacant expropriated land belonging to KwaDukuza Municipality Revenue Services”.

The order, which affects 41 properties as per the order, also gave respondents until 8 September to challenge the decisions in the order.

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