South Road residents have accused the City of Cape Town of having ulterior motives after residents in Wynberg and Plumstead were issued a two day notice to appeal evictions from the surrounding precincts ahead of the construction of the extended MyCiti bus service. The City of Cape Town was granted leave to appeal a high court decision last year, which granted an urgent interdict to halt the eviction of 26 families from Wynberg who were supposed to have made way for a proposed MyCiti bus route.
“The Supreme Court of Appeal gave us leave to appeal a full high court bench of the Western Cape high court. We filed our notice to appeal yesterday so the respondents will have their opportunity. We now await the date for the appeal,” said Mayoral Committee member for Transport, Brett Herron.
Residents are concerned that 30 families may be forced to vacate their homes to make way for the MyCiti bus route being planned for construction through their respective suburbs.
“We don’t need roads coming through our area and dividing our community,” says South Road Association spokesperson Laurie Peregino.
A success with the appeal could give the municipality the thumbs up to launch the building project process.
Peregino says that the City needs to be attentive as to the needs of the community and address plaguing issues.
Despite the route expected to be situated near several schools; most notably a special needs school within the Wynberg area Residents have demanded alternative measures be sourced to resolve the matter. They demand that additional parking be offered to schools in the surrounding area in place of the new Bus Way system. This has raised concerns that it may have detrimental effects on the safety of the children at these schools.
“They will rather take places homes away instead of taking into consideration the community’s needs. The safety of our children are at risk,” says Peregino.