Ruling breaks new ground on property approvals
A damning judgment delivered by the Supreme Court of Appeal last week could see thousands of homes and offices in South Africa demolished and property developers facing criminal charges.
The judgment, which upheld an earlier judgment of the Eastern Cape High Court, was delivered by five of the country's top judges. The case involved a Rhodes University tax professor whose luxury R8 million home at Kenton-on-Sea near Port Alfred was built without the necessary planning permits. The judgment comes after seven Hight Court applications over 10 years opposing Matthew Lester's multi-million rand 'mansion'.
The court also found in Lester's case that his constitutional right to housing would not be infringed with the demolition of his house. Click here to continue reading on iolproperty.co.zaRelated artilces:- Magaliesberg protection: Information on Kgaswane Lodge ,illegal development in the MPE- Statement on the Kgaswane Lodge, Magaliesberg – March, 2011 Update