Municipality will continue demolition

2016-10-19 06:00

THE demolition of houses and structures built illegally in Glenhills, which have become a point of contention between the local municipality and residents, will not be stopped.

The KwaDukuza Municipality will continue to demolish the structures in a bid to build low income housing, according to a High Court ruling.

This was reaffirmed by KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu who is leading a high-level task team in a probe into the recent protests in the area spurred by an official demolition programme that is being implemented by the municipality.

According to a statement from the municipality, the team found that those who have taken illegal occupation of land were wrongly mobilised and the motives behind the protest action were ill informed and misguided.

“A recent High Court judgment ordered the municipality to demolish a number of partially built, unoccupied structures that were completed after the court order was served of which the municipality has gained evidence.

“The municipality had previously issued numerous public notices prior to the court judgment. The order prevents the allocation and apportioning of building sites owned by the municipality,” the statement reads.

Mthembu has appealed to those who have been affected by the court ruling to co-operate with the municipality in order to find an amicable solution.

“One of our responsibilities is to provide for those who don’t have houses. We wanted to build good, affordable houses that would benefit the community. Therefore, our role is to enforce the law and expedite the process of building houses as this is also part of a legal process which altogether informs our action against those who don’t play by the rules. Those who have been wrongly mobilised stand to carry the consequences for their illegal exploits,” said Mthembu.

“We are willing to work with anyone for as long as they comply with the court decision. The rule of law must be respected.”

Since the court order was issued last month, only 12 people have objected, however they have since decided not to file their papers for a matter that is set for 25 October.

The municipality will recover its legal costs against the 12 people in terms of the original court order that was served on 8 September 2016.

Due to the illegal activities, the municipality is experiencing increasing difficulties to construct 500 houses in an area that has been earmarked for over 800 houses.

Therefore, our role is to enforce the law and expedite the process of building houses as this is also part of a legal process which altogether informs our action against those who don’t play by the rules. Those who have been wrongly mobilised stand to carry the consequences for their illegal exploits.

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