8.10.2013 10:54 am
Gupta family in ‘hot water’ over multimillion rand Joburg home
The Gupta family may be in hot water again after allegations that they have made major changes to their multimillion-rand residence in Saxonwold, Johannesburg without council permission.
The City of Joburg and Saxonwold Residents and Ratepayers Association apparently conducted an inspection on the residence on Monday ahead of a council tribunal hearing into allegations of illegal building extensions, eNCA reported.
When the tribunal officially got under way at the council, it emerged the building plans were approved in nine days allegedly after no consultation with the Guptas’ neighbours. The extensions also allegedly violate the Architects Act in height restrictions and number of dwellings.
There were also claim the structures were built over a sewerage access point thereby jeopardising the neighbourhood’s entire drainage system.
The Gupta family and City however say everything was above board and suggest the neighbours are overreacting.
If found to be in violation of building plan regulations, the Guptas may have to demolish and start from scratch.