Knysna Municipality to defend approval of plans to build mosque in court

A group taking the municipality to court says the council-approved plans contravene several by-laws.

Knysna. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - A group of Knysna homeowners is taking the local municipality to court over a decision to approve the construction of a mosque in the Garden Route Town.

The group says it is not opposed to the building of the mosque, but the council-approved plans contravene several regulations and by-laws.

An application has been lodged with the registrar of the Western Cape High Court.

The homeowners say the proposal violates at least 15 of the Knysna Municipality's own by-laws and regulations.

They claim it ignores height restrictions, building lines, parking regulations.

They also say residents were not properly consulted.

The group's attorney Franci Joubert has also told Eyewitness News a traffic-impact study was not conducted.

Residents are calling for the Western Cape High Court to set aside the decision and order the municipality to follow what they say are the correct procedures.

Knysna Municipal Manager Grant Easton said the municipality is opposing the application.