PRETORIA - The North Gauteng High Court will rule on Thursday, on whether some Pilgrim's Rest business owners can continue trading at their premises, or whether they will face eviction.
The Mpumalanga Public Works Department has threatened to kick out the existing traders by the end of the month after awarding new leases to other businesses.
They have asked the court to halt the evictions until a review of the tender process has been completed.
Judge Stanley Makgoba questioned the transparency of the department’s tender process.
He asked whether it was mere coincidence that the tenders were awarded to outsiders at the exclusion of the existing traders who are also residents of the town.
The court heard that three companies were awarded majority of the tenders.
It also emerged that two of the company owners are relatives.
Makgoba said it would cause significant inconvenience to allow new traders to move in, only to have the new tender decision set aside.
(Edited by Clare Matthes)