Contractor wants to evacuate township to recoup money

A contractor that was involved in the development of the Refentse township on the R514 (Van der Hoff Road) is threatening to evacuate the occupants and recover building material if the Madibeng municipality does not pay him almost R9 million still owed to him.
Mozasa Civil Engineering brought a Notice of Motion before the High Court to apply for an order directing Madibeng to pay R8 739 130.42 plus 15% interest, calculated from 2013, in respect of building material in the Refentse housing project, and in the event of failure to pay, that the municipality is directed to evacuate the occupants of the houses to allow Mozasa to recover the building material.
The purpose of the application is to obtain an order declaring that the take-over and occupation of the houses in Refentse is unlawful.
According to Mozasa, the Refentse site was handed over to him in 2007 for completion after the previous contractor’s work did not comply with the requirements of the NHBRC.
In 2015 Mozasa referred the matter to the Office of the Public Protector after Madibeng and the Department of Local Government and Human Settlements in the North West’s failure to pay. According to the application, the matter was mediated by the Deputy Public Protector and a settlement was reached but Madibeng failed to effect the requisite payment.”
Mozasa alleges that, against this background, Madibeng took over the project illegally. Mozasa has not issued Madibeng with a Certificate of Completion.
The Madibeng municipality did not respond to Kormorant’s enquiry about the application.

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