More facts emerge after Chapman’s Peak interdict application

On Friday 9th March the Residents’ Association of Hout Bay and the Habitat Council applied to the courts for an interim interdict to halt construction of the toll buildings on Chapman’s Peak. This application was unfortunately denied by the court on a technicality. With the interim application having been denied by the court, the applicants are now focusing on their full and still pending court case against the developments on Chapman’s Peak.

The growing scar on Chappies

 

According to the Cape Times, facts emerging from court papers included that:

  • MEC Robin Carlisle, as Minister of Transport and Public Works for the Western Cape Government argued in papers there was no need for work to be halted now, as the work that was to begin on SANParks land was all reversible
  • The provincial government’s legal counsel advised against starting any construction on the plaza until a legal opinion had been obtained on the “legal correctness”
  • The province instructed Entilini to begin building on January 26 but Entilini had not seen legal opinion on whether it was lawful to begin work
  • The province’s decision to start construction work on the toll plaza was part of their “strategy” to ensure that the authorisation for the toll plaza buildings did not lapse
  • If work were stopped it would cost provincial authorities R1.24 million a month

 

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