Ex-residents fight Schubart Park demolition

2012-04-17 22:26

Pretoria - Former residents of the high-rise Schubart Park block of flats in Pretoria are fighting plans to demolish it, the Lawyers For Human Rights said on Tuesday.

Attorney Nathania Jacobs said a letter of demand had been written to the City of Tshwane requesting that the plans be put on hold until all legal processes had been completed.

If the city had not responded to the letter by Wednesday, lawyers would seek a court interdict preventing the demolition, she said.

Schubart Park was evacuated in September after fiery clashes between the police and residents about electricity and water cuts in the building.

The High Court in Pretoria ruled that residents would not be allowed back into the building as it was unsafe.

City spokeswoman Nomasonto Ndlovu could not confirm whether the city had received the letter of demand.

Jacobs said the way in which the city was dealing with the situation was not correct.

"They [the City of Tshwane] were required to report back on the status of the building, which they still have not done," she said.

In December, the High Court in Pretoria heard that the building might have to be demolished, subject to an engineering report on the status of the building.

Recent reports suggested that the demolition would go ahead even though that report had not yet been finalised.

  • Roland - 2012-04-17 22:59

    What more is this useless anc government going to stuff up. I used to work in the area of this complex, and it should still be standing for at least another 50 years!! BUT - NO - the government put "their" people in to occupy this complex, do not provide any maintenance, and now it needs to be demolished. One of these days, we are going to have to replace everything of a capital (long lasting) nature, as the anc cannot naintain anything in SA. While I do not/did not condone apartheid, at least what the then government developed, they maintained. The anc have done nothing and maintained nothing!!!

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-04-17 23:09

      Roland I have to agree with you. Not one department besides SARS is running the way it should. Eskom, Water Affairs, Dept of Education, SAPS, Municipalities, Dept of Transport, to name a few. The whole Government is run by a bunch oflawless Citizens whom I might add were voted to power. I know Schubart Park block well. My mom lived across in the Police Flats and it was a super block of flats. What do you think happened to the swimming pool at Schubard Park. Must be full of litter ! Could we please have more Thuli Mandonsela's around !!!

  • Piet - 2012-04-18 09:22

    This is why they should change the name to Tswane! When it was Pretoria things functioned!

  • anthro45 - 2012-04-18 11:39

    As far as I can remember, the residents were doing a damn good job of demolishing the building themselves. Typical new SA. You demand, you get it, and then you break it down. And then you demand again and blame it on apartheid.

      Wisemad Mcmawle - 2012-04-18 16:07

      @anthro you are correct even their lawyer can go on side to see with own eyes that demolition started long time ago by residents or they cry for remaining window frames.

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