Residents lose route battle

2017-05-23 06:01

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed the South Road Families Association’s (SRFA) application for special leave to appeal the decision by the full bench of the Western Cape High Court on Monday 15 May.

Following this decision, the City of Cape Town is now urging South Road residents to accept Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision. According to Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development, the SCA has ruled that the application for special leave to appeal is dismissed on the grounds “that the requirements for special leave to appeal are not satisfied”.

“Following on from this victory, I am calling on Capetonians to support the City in our efforts to roll out Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service which is to improve the quality of life of those residents most in need of a decent and affordable public transport service. Once rolled out the service will also assist us in addressing traffic congestion in the southern parts of the City. I am also urging the SRFA to accept the outcome of the case and the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision in what is commonly referred to as the South Road Families matter,” says Herron,

Clive Muller, association chairperson says it is difficult to tell people just to accept the decision.

“If we just accept where is justice in that? I have not received anything regarding this decision so it will be difficult to fully comment on it but what we know for sure is that there is still one avenue to pursue and that is the Constitutional Court. We have to talk to our legal advisor and see what we can do to go forward. We are not against the plans of the City but what we are saying is there should find a better way of doing it rather that demolishing people’ houses where there is so much need for housing,” he says.

A full bench of the Western Cape High Court on 10 February ruled in favour of the City of Cape Town when the judges, in a unanimous judgment, upheld the City’s appeal. The court’s decision on the day confirmed the City’s assertion 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.

“We are eager to finalise the route alignment of the Wynberg section of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service. The court proceedings, initiated by the SRFA and 21 tenants residing in Council-owned properties along South and Waterbury Roads in Plumstead, has been dragging on since March 2015.

“This court action was a waste of our ratepayers’ money and has unfairly and unnecessarily delayed the much-needed roll-out of the MyCiTi service to the residents of Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha by nearly two years. Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service will change the lives of hundreds of thousands of our poorest residents for the better,” says Herron.

Once fully rolled out, the proposed Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service will benefit approximately 1.1m residents from the outskirts of Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain to the urban centres of Wynberg and Claremont. The proposed Phase 2A will provide residents in the metro-south east with a direct, efficient and scheduled public transport service and it will spur economic opportunities, new developments and urban renewal across 35 communities along the way.

The City has not yet decided whether South Road will be used for the route alignment for the Wynberg section of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service.

“We are in the process of meticulously analysing and responding to the public comments that we have received. Once we have completed this process, a report with the proposed route alignments will be presented to Council for final approval,” concludes Herron.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.