Johannesburg insists Gautrain landlord repay R8m debt
The City of Johannesburg is not prepared to entertain the Sandton Gautrain station's landlord, Cedar Park Properties, even in a court of law, until it pays R8m the city claims it owes, Mayor Herman Mashaba says.
According to a News24 report, Mashaba said: ‘Be guaranteed, for as long as we don't get our R8m we will not reconnect unless the courts will ask otherwise. I wonder what courts will expect us to do that. If the courts say I must reconnect the Gautrain station, then what about our citizens who are expected to pay for services. We will await the court judgment.’
Water supply at the station was cut off after failure to pay municipal rates since 2013.
An urgent application for a mandatory interdict forcing the city to reconnect the water supply to the station was halted by the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) last Friday. This was because Cedar Park Properties had failed to pay R1m as security in case they lose the legal battle against the city.
The company was given 20 days to come up with the money.
Mashaba said the city would ensure that criminal charges were laid against officials who took a decision to donate the land to the company. A full forensic investigation was underway into an apparent dodgy sale of the land where the Sandton Gautrain station is situated.
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