Grondverkoop ter syde gestel |Controversial land sale set aside

2017-11-30 06:00

DIE Kouga-raad het daarin geslaag om die omstrede verkoop van ‘n deel van Erf 499 op Humansdorp ter syde gestel te kry.

Burgemeester Elza van Lingen sê die onlangse hofuitspraak was ‘n oorwinning vir Kouga se inwoners wat, andersins, ontneem sou geword het van amper R49-miljoen.

‘n Porsie van Erf 499, geleë by die ingang na Humansdorp vanaf die N2, is in 2015 deur die munisipaliteit verkoop aan ‘n privaat ontwikkelaar vir slegs R1,2-miljoen. Dit ten spyte daarvan dat die porsie, 183ha groot, vir tot R50-miljoen verkoop sou kon geword het.

Controversial land sale set aside

THE Kouga Council has succeeded in its bid to have the controversial sale of a prime piece of land at Humansdorp by the previous municipal administration set aside.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the recent judgement of the Port Elizabeth High Court was a victory for Kouga residents who would, otherwise, in effect have been short-changed by almost R49-million.

The land in question is a portion of Erf 499 at Humansdorp, situated at the entrance to the town from the N2.

The portion, totalling 183ha in size, was sold in 2015 by the previous municipal administration to a private developer for R1,2-million despite the potential value of the land being close to R50-million.

“Although the review period had already lapsed, we could not sit back and do nothing when Kouga’s people had clearly been cheated out of millions of Rands that could have been put towards service delivery. We are grateful that we were able to set the matter right,” she said.

Kucthithiwe ukuthengiswa komhlaba ngondlela-mnyama

UMASIPALA waseKouga uphumelele kwilinge lakhe lokwenza ukuba kuchithwe ukuthengiswa komhlaba oseHumansdorp ngondlela-mnyama ngabaphathi bakamasipala bangaphambili.

USodolophu uElza van Lingen uthe isigqibo seNkundla Ephakamileyo yaseBhayi sakutsha-nje siyimpumelelo kubahlali baseKouga, nekungabo ebebezakuqhathwa ngemali ephantse yayi R49-million.

Lo mhlaba uyinxalenye ka-Erf 499 oseHumansdorp, ekungeneni kwasedolophini xa uvela kuN2.

Le ngxenye ingange hekthare ezili-183 ubukhulu, yathengiswa ngabalawuli bangaphambili kumphuhlisi wabucala ngeR1,2-million nakubeni ixabiso lawo liqikelelwa ukuba lingasondela kwi-R50-million.

“Nakubeni beselidlule ixesha lokuwuqwalasela lomba, asikwazanga ukuhlala singenzi nto babe abantu baseKouga kucacile ukuba baqhathwe ngezigidi zeerandi engeziye ekuhanjisweni kweenkonzo. Kuyasivuyisa ukuba sikwazile ukuwulungisa lo mba,” utshilo.

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