Guesthouse demolition begins

Rochelle de Kock

BRICK by brick, the ANC Women’s League, COPE and the UDM helped a Summerstrand family demolish part of their guesthouse following a Port Elizabeth High Court order.

The family demolished part of the guesthouse because they did not have R380000 to pay a contractor to tear it down.

In a last-ditch effort to save Access Guest House, the women’s league approached lawyers yesterday to fight the order forcing the demolition.

Asking an attorney from Boqwana Burns to come up with a miracle, the league’s Eastern Cape secretary, Nancy Sihlwayi, said the title deeds legislation – dating back to 1934 – was a “continuation of atrocities of apartheid-like laws”.

The 1934 law governs Summerstrand Extension 1 and supercedes newer municipal zoning schemes. The law was put in place to regulate property use and prevent home owners from blocking other people’s sea views.

The legislation is in the process of being repealed and is currently being perused by the National Council of Provinces before being signed off by President Jacob Zuma.

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