LETTER: Now leave South Rd alone

2015-12-01 06:00

The South Road Families Association is ecstatic about the second High Court victory against the City of Cape Town after judge Lesley Weinkove correctly dismissed with costs the appeal by the City (“No appeal on bus route”, People’s Post, 24 November).

From the outset, it has been our stance that we support national government’s plan to improve the transport system in our communities.

However, there is no basis in law for the DA administration to demolish houses District Six-style and uproot settled mixed communities to build a highway that will end up more than a kilometre away from the existing transport hub in Wynberg.

The City has been disingenuous with the truth by failing to provide the High Court with the difference in costing between a brand new highway that runs parallel to South Road and using two alternative routes where existing infrastructure can be used at a reduced cost to taxpayers.

We are not aware of any other instance in this country where a brand new highway was built to accommodate a rapid bus transport system. In any event, our understanding of the national transport department’s brief is that it provides funding for the upgrade of our transport system by using existing infrastructure.

Should the City persist with its plan to lodge a further misguided appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, we trust that those judges will send a clear message to our politicians by holding the DA councillors in the city personally responsible for all the wasted legal costs incurred thus far.

We are thankful for the support and guidance received from the ANC and our competent legal team.

We look forward to the day when South Road, built to serve as an apartheid buffer between Wynberg and Plumstead, will be de-proclaimed as a road reserve and consigned to the scrapbooks of history.

We trust that sanity will now prevail and that the misguided City, which has since used three different advocates to argue its case, will comply with the rule of law instead of continuing to abuse the public purse.

Colin Arendse, Secretary, South Road Families Association

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