Bramley residents won’t back down

The residents of Bramley are opposed to the housing project currently underway on High Road and threaten to take the matter to the court.

The quest to stop the contentious housing development on High Road continues as residents of Bramley are now threatening to take the City of Johannesburg to court.

Bramley residents are opposed to the Africrest low-cost housing project currently being built in the vicinity of Spark School adjacent to Bramley Primary School. Angry locals of the north-eastern suburb of Johannesburg, allege they were not properly consulted about this development.

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They claim that the project is causing chaos in their neighbourhood mentioning filth, an infestation of rats infestation and say their walls are cracking due to construction. They are even questioning the rezoning and building rights of the project.

However, they blame the City and not the developer, saying the City approved the project without following proper processes. The residents said they are now uniting against the project and are collecting money to find a lawyer who will represent them in court to stop it.

Founder of Bramley Against Africrest Project, Martini Katja, said residents want to challenge the City in court to force them to stop the project indefinitely. She alleges that the City is the cause of this problem as she believes the developer would not construct a building without following the correct processes.

“We believe the City of Johannesburg and its council officials are the ones that approved this without following proper processes because there’s no building plan for this project. We have decided to hire a lawyer to lodge a class action with the court. We want to take the council to court and ensure that the matter receives its desired attention and the project is stopped immediately,” said Katja.

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Following the article published in North Eastern Tribune Week ending 8 June, Katja told the paper that more people have become involved. She said after the story was published, other residents have approached her to be part of the bid to stop the project.

After a series of telephone calls and emails sent to Omogolo Taunyane and Poppy Louw from 30 May until 5 June, the City had not responded to questions sent to them by North Eastern Tribune.

Residents also plan to approach Mayor Herman Mashaba, to ask him to look into the matter and intervene.

“If no one makes a noise, no one will ever listen,” Katja said.

Details: Martini Katja 071 465 4000.

Are you a resident in Bramley and affected by this Africrest project? Tell us your thoughts on the North Eastern Tribune Facebook page

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