Cape Argus

Questions linger over Bo-Kaap saga


MORE questions have been raised about the company that acquired the highly contested Lion Street developmen­t in Bo-Kaap from Blok Urban Living.

Yesterday the Western Cape High Court postponed Prime Point Properties’ applicatio­n for an interdict, which had initially been sought by Blok.

Secretary of the Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Associatio­n Jacky Poking said: “The company (Prime Properties) with no prior civic or heritage experience, had also registered with the Western Cape Heritage Body as a heritage conservati­on body, which allows them to give comment on plans as they relate to heritage. The associatio­n will be asking Heritage Western Cape to investigat­e their qualificat­ion as a conservati­on body.”

Blok served the applicatio­n earlier this month the first day of the holy month of Ramadaan and set the matter down for hearing yesterday. The applicatio­n was also brought on the eve of Bo-Kaap’s victory after 19 sites were declared National Heritage Sites by the National Department of Arts and Culture.

It has also emerged that the chief executive of Blok Properties is also the chief executive of Prime Point Properties, according to a company search.

“We will further be asking the SA Revenue Service to investigat­e the sale of the property from Blok to Prime Point Properties,” Poking said.

Tim Dunn, a lawyer for the residents, said: “We have a case. We will be opposing the substituti­on of the new owner for the old owner because our argument is you can’t transfer the right of an interdict, given that it’s an interdict in relation to the company and its relation to the property.”

Court papers state that Blok entered into a written sales agreement with the new owners in June last year. The property was sold to them for R51 795 076.55. Blok developers had initially planned to develop a pilot inclusiona­ry-housing project.

In November the Western Cape High Court granted the interdict to the developers, preventing the community from interferin­g with constructi­on.

Blok said yesterday: “Blok filed a narrow interdict against specific respondent­s who have led some of the attacks and intimidati­on at its site in order to protect staff and contractor­s as well as prevent any person violently and unlawfully obstructin­g access to the property from doing so.”

 ?? | MARVIN CHARLES ?? BO-KAAP residents outside the Western Cape High Court.
| MARVIN CHARLES BO-KAAP residents outside the Western Cape High Court.

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