GREEN Party leader Judith Sole is bringing a new legal challenge against the toll plaza under construction on Chapman’s Peak. Sole said yesterday: “I have to do this otherwise we allow a precedent to be set where anyone is entitled to build in a protected area just by getting a signature.
Perhaps the biggest loser will be public confidence. If the government can get away with activities that flout its own laws – and use public money to fight citizens who try to hold it to account in court- why should anyone bother?
The HBRRA’s powerful legal team remains convinced that the planned toll plaza is inappropriate. They are highly motivated and have strongly advised the Association to apply once again to the High Court to stop the construction. “We have the end in sight and now simply require sufficient funds to finish the job”.
Some of about 12 placard-carrying protesters who were collecting signatures for the anti-toll petition tried to stop the fellers’ bakkie from entering the construction site by standing between the vehicle and the gates to the site.
In the ongoing debacle in which overwhelming public protest has been voiced against the development, an urgent interdict against the removal of trees on Chapman’s Peak drive was being drawn up by Cullinan & Associates.
POLICE arrested a woman yesterday who has occupied the building site of the Chapman’s Peak toll plaza for five days in a bid to halt construction of one of the most controversial structures on the peninsula.
The GREATER CAPE TOWN CIVIC ALLIANCE has been supportive of attempts to stop the tolling of the road as well as the building on the Table Mountain National Park. Objections and expression of disgust at this ill conceived idea to desecrate the mountain side have been flowing in from all parts of South Africa and the world media.