City wins South Road appeal

2017-02-10 14:42

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The Western Cape High Court has upheld the City of Cape Town’s appeal in the South Road Families matter.

The South Road Families Association (SRFA) and 21 tenants residing in Council-owned properties along South and Waterbury Roads in Plumstead filed this case against the City in March 2015.

"This victory confirms the City’s assertion right from the start that we have followed a comprehensive public participation process about the conceptual design of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service which is to connect the communities from the metro-south east with Wynberg and Claremont," says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development.

The judgement found the City engaged in a comprehensive public participation process in August 2014 and included engagements with the South Road Families Association. It also found the City had taken steps to ensure that the public would have a meaningful opportunity to be heard and that the City had already considered alternative routes and had presented information on these alternatives to the public during the public consultation process.

Clive Muller, a representative of the South Road families, has vowed to continue with legal action.

“We strongly believe the City is acting as a bully and not taking the community's views into consideration. It’s unconstitutional and we will take this matter to the highest court in the land,” he says.

The City has not yet decided whether South Road will be used for the implementation of the second phase of the MyCiTi service. 

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