Bid to challenge shack demolition dismissed
An East London family has only a week left to a demolish a small Chintsa East shack they have called home for decades and exhume eight graves at a farm – to make way for a multi-million-rand golf estate development.
The Mnyaka family learnt last week that their appeal to challenge a December 2018 Eastern Cape High Court (Makhanda) judgment – which gave them three months to vacate the land – had been dismissed by Judge John Smith.
A Daily Dispatch report says the family has been in a legal battle to prevent HCLE Development Company – the developers of the Olivewood Golf Estate – from forcing them off the land.
In his judgment, Smith said the application was based on various appeal grounds which ‘are all founded on the assertion that I have erred in finding that the applicant had voluntarily abandoned the property’.
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