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Schubart Park demolition on the cards

2011-12-05 22:26

Pretoria -The ill-fated Schubart Park complex in Pretoria's city centre might have to be demolished, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria was told on Monday.

Counsel for the Tshwane municipality told the court an engineering report about the buildings would be finalised only next week, but it looked at this stage as if the buildings were going to be condemned.

Judge Bill Prinsloo dismissed an application for leave to appeal which would have seen residents being able to move back into the flats.

The residents launched an urgent application in September after being evacuated from the flats, but Prinsloo ruled that this would endanger their lives.

The court order made provision for residents receiving alternative housing, but many complained that they did not qualify for such housing.

Residents complained that they had been illegally evicted and that the municipality had violated their constitutional rights by ignoring proper eviction procedures.

Prinsloo said it was clear from reading the evidence that experts were of the opinion that the Schubart Park complex was not fit for human habitation and that to allow occupants to stay there would endanger their lives.

The evidence suggested all four blocks in the complex were the same, with no running water or electricity, flooding in the basements and a possibility of the buildings collapsing.

The judge said he was not persuaded that another court would find that he had erred in his judgment and it was unlikely that his order would be overturned.

He said that by the time the matter landed up in the appeal court in a year or two, events would have already overtaken the legal process.

He said if residents were not satisfied with the resettlement process, they could return to court to force authorities to comply with the previous court order.

Comments
  • Edward - 2011-12-06 06:21

    This was once sought after accommodation. 17 years of neglect to the point where the buildings are ready to collapse? Sounds like our country!

      Walter - 2011-12-06 06:40

      Does anyone have pictures of what these flats looked like when they were built?

      aarchaic - 2011-12-06 07:09

      Rings any bells? http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Residents-airlifted-from-flats-20080722

      aarchaic - 2011-12-06 07:11

      De ja vu.... http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Pretoria-flat-protesters-disperse-20080716

      Henk - 2011-12-06 07:58

      I know these flats and are sadened by their current state. It was a beatifull complex at its time..

  • Piet - 2011-12-06 08:03

    And that is why you do not see any history of the black people of this country! All destroyed!

      Pieter - 2011-12-06 09:38

      Piet, so very correct you are.

  • PB - 2011-12-06 08:24

    "many complained that they did not qualify for such housing" Obviously they didn't pay anything while living in Schubart park, so why should alternate accommodation be provided? Just because you DEMAND and WANT something, does not automatically make it your RIGHT. This whole country is being stuffed up because of the WE DEMAND CROWD - the free for all (except when it comes to non-anc voters) can not last, even zuma acknowledged it the other day.

      Hadassah57 - 2012-01-16 07:37

      The "bakhand" Africa attitude!!

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-06 09:50

    The masses moaning about lost and stolen histories is a laugh, given another few hundred years to evolve they may have stolen the idea for the wheel from someone else, but that's about as far as it would have gone.

  • Ludwig - 2011-12-06 13:54

    Due to the bad asset management by Thwane council and barbaric Neanderthal the taxpayers are losing a big asset.

  • Hadassah57 - 2012-01-16 07:35

    I lived in the youth complex in Vermeulen Street in 1977/78 - a stones throw from Schubart Park Complex was an upmarket living area but as with everything else since 1994 has gone to ruin!!!

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