Chappies activist to appear in court

2012-02-21 18:17
Cape Town - Hout Bay activist Fiona Hinds will appear in court after refusing to leave the site of a proposed toll building on Chapman's Peak in Cape Town.

The Cape Argus reported that Hinds was arrested on Monday evening after being served with a court order to vacate the premises.

She was released with a warning to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

She faced charges of trespassing and malicious damage, after being accused of spray-painting a shade net attached to a fence, and damaging signs.

Civil Rights Action group (Crag) member Bronwen Lankers-Byrne told the newspaper that Hinds was expected to pay R5 000 in damages.

Hinds said: "We have delayed the construction for five days, and they had to get us off the site because I’m sure that the lorries will now come and start pouring the concrete, and once the builders are there it will virtually be impossible to stop them.

"This arrest and warning to keep away from the site for 48 hours is not going to make me stand back. Come Thursday, I will be there."

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