Tenants vow to fly flags on flat balcony in defiance of ban

2010-06-18 00:00

WHILE thousands of South Africans express the spirit of the World Cup by putting up flags of their favourite countries, tenants in a Pietermaritzburg apartment block have been told to take theirs down.

Shereen Gounder said her family have been told to take down flags from the balcony of their Silent Heights flat in Pelham because they violate tenancy rules. They put up the flags of South Africa, Portugal and Argentina.

Gounder said the chairperson of the block’s trustees, Vere Bresler, confronted her husband, Delon, about the flags.

“He told my husband that we should take down the flags. When my husband tried to have a conversation with him about the flags, an altercation occurred and Bresler just walked away,” said Gounder.

“We have put them up in the spirit of the World Cup, It is not a political statement. They cannot even give us a reason why they are against the flags except that it is against the house rules,” she said.

She said the only written house rules she is aware of are that there should be no noise or loud music after 10 pm.

She was also warned against bringing pets into the building or doing maintenance in her flat on public holidays.

Delon Gounder said he is not prepared to take down the flags. “I’m even prepared to take the matter to the highest court in the land,” said Gounder.

Jennifer Munter of managing agents Re/MAX Midlands, who signed a letter from the agents to the Gounders about the flags, said she was simply carrying out instructions from the owners of the flat.

Attempts to get hold of Bresler were unsuccessful. A woman who answered his listed number, but refused to give her name, said he was away and he does not carry a cellphone.

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