Tokai forest preserved

2017-03-01 14:16
No trees will be cut in the Tokai forest unless the another lawful decision is taken. Parkspace won the court case to stop the cutting of the trees in the forest

No trees will be cut in the Tokai forest unless the another lawful decision is taken. Parkspace won the court case to stop the cutting of the trees in the forest (Tiyese Jeranji)

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Parkscape – a community forum created to liaise with SANparks has won the case against Mountain To Ocean (MTO) and SANparks to stop cutting trees in the Tokai Forest.

Judgement was handed down by Judge Patrick Gamble at the Cape Town High Court  this morning (1 March).

The felling of the tress in the Tokai Forest started last year August (People’s Post, Tokai forest being cut down, 30 August). However it had to be stopped until judgement was served following Parkscape taking the other two parties to court.

Following the judgement, Parkscape posted on their Facebook page that they have achieved a comprehensive win, with costs.

The statement on their page went on to say that they are delighted with the outcome, and not just because they have been able to uphold the needs and wants of the community of over two and a half thousand people that they represent.

“We are also greatly encouraged that this judgement shows, once again, that South Africa’s legal system continues to uphold justice and just administrative action, particularly at this time when government and its agencies believe they are a law unto themselves.”

Parkscape believes that their win ensures that SANparks, will now be legally obliged to engage with them.

No one from SANparks could comment on this as they said they have no information on the judgement at the moment

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