Court interdict halts Schoemansville development

A proposed development in Schoemansville was halted on Tuesday when the High Court interdicted a developer and the Madibeng municipality from proceeding with the development.

Earthworks have started at the proposed development site.

In the matter between four residents of Karel Street in Schoemansville and REKA Trade 1206 CC, together with the Madibeng municipality, the court ordered that all development activities on the 5.5 ha property, located between the Hartbeespoort Marathon Clubhouse and Karel Street, be stopped.

According to information, a housing development was planned on this property at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountain. Earthworks have already started weeks ago.

The court ordered that both respondents (REKA Trade and Madibeng municipality) be interdicted from proceeding with the development including but not limited to the installation of services and earthworks on the properties Portion 154 and 155 of the Farm Hartbeespoort 482. Portion 155 of three hectares belong to the Madibeng municipality and Portion 154 of 2.5 ha to REKA Trade.

The applicant will issue summons within 10 days for a declarator order declaring the development unlawful. The cost of the application is to be paid by REKA Trade that intends to develop the property.

Asked about the development last month, the municipality said it could not comment due to legal proceedings.