Bo-Kaap res­i­dents claim small vic­tory

Cape Argus - - METRO - MARVIN CHARLES [email protected]

BO-KAAP res­i­dents claimed a small vic­tory after prop­erty de­vel­op­ers BLOK were told by the Western Cape High Court their crane was pro­hib­ited from en­ter­ing the area un­til the next court date was de­ter­mined.

This after BLOK brought an in­ter­dict against res­i­dents in Bo-Kaap to pre­vent them from in­ter­fer­ing with the con­struc­tion of a high-rise build­ing in the area.

The res­i­dents op­posed the in­ter­dict, and the case was heard yes­ter­day.

Ad­vo­cate Mus­taque Hol­land said BLOK was not, un­der any cir­cum­stances, al­lowed to move that crane un­til the court pro­vided a de­fin­i­tive court date.

The mat­ter was post­poned to De­cem­ber 18 with a court date for ar­gu­ments set to be de­ter­mined after con­sult­ing with the Judge Pres­i­dent of the Western Cape High Court.

“For now, as the mat­ter stands, the crane will not move. Proper com­mu­ni­ca­tion about the date will be com­mu­ni­cated,” Hol­land said.

On Novem­ber 20 chaos erupted as Bo-Kaap res­i­dents and the po­lice clashed over de­vel­op­ments in the area.

About 50 res­i­dents gath­ered out­side to protest the devel­op­ment, with many say­ing the group was de­stroy­ing Bo-Kaap’s her­itage.

Chair­per­son of the Bo-Kaap Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Os­mad Sha­bo­d­ien said: “There is def­i­nitely grounds for us to go to court. We are still go­ing to take over that build­ing. Let them build that build­ing. We are go­ing to move in. Mark my words, that build­ing is ours.”

The Western Cape Na­tional Her­itage Coun­cil con­firmed last week that it re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion to de­clare Bo-Kaap a her­itage site.

The ANC Youth League hand-de­liv­ered a nom­i­na­tion to Her­itage Western Cape for Bo-Kaap to be de­clared a provin­cial her­itage site. The ANCYL lodged an ap­pli­ca­tion with the her­itage coun­cil on Novem­ber 27.


BO-KAAP Ratepay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion chair­per­son Os­man Sha­bo­d­ien ad­dresses Bo-Kaap res­i­dents out­side the Western Cape High Court yes­ter­day. |

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