Judgement reserved in Chappies case
Activists will have to wait several weeks before hearing the judgement in the Chapman's Peak case.
CAPE TOWN - The Hout Bay Resident's Association and the Habitat Council will have to wait several weeks before they know whether their attempts to stop construction on Chapman's Peak have been successful.
Acting on behalf of the public, they approached the Western Cape High Court and applied for an interdict to stop the R54 million toll plaza project.
On Tuesday, judgement in the case was reserved.
The applicants argued that Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle did not get the correct environmental approval for the project.
One of the protesters, Fiona Hinds said she hoped the judge will rule in their favour.
"It has cost us almost R500,000 to get this, what fundamentally boils down getting province to answer fundamental questions that we have been putting to them since last year September."
She said the toll road plaza will impact the environment.
"Cyclists and runners use that mountain and it is because there is such a low traffic volume on the road. How ironic is this that we want to put a massive toll on a road that is hardly used?"
The respondents in the case argued that they did get the correct permission in 2003 under the previous environmental legislation.
They said if an interdict was granted, the completion date for the project will be delayed by a year until July 2014.