Lee Smith, one of the Hangberg residents, states in his founding affidavit that the litigation process emanates from the City’s failure to comply with a Peace Accord agreed upon in September 2010, which became a high court order in 2011.
In terms of the accord, a piece of land in Hangberg was set aside for housing development.
Disgruntled residents claim that the City was in breach of the order when they started to build an electricity depot on the land. Smith and other residents then approached the court for an urgent interdict against the City earlier this month.
But Judge Nathan Erasmus did not issue the interdict, because their application did not meet the court requirements and he advised the residents to consult a lawyer to file amended papers.