The Tshwane metro has applied for an interdict in the Pretoria high court to force the owner of a Centurion property to remove signage advertising a “free-for-all” housing scheme.
However, the owner remains determined to allow as many as 200 people to come and stay on his property for free, reports Centurion Rekord.
“We expect the first structures to go up towards the weekend,” said Mohamed Karin.
Karin erected several signs on the property in Saxby Avenue in Centurion where he intended to construct townhouses, proclaiming it to be a “free housing scheme by the DA and EFF”.
The signs also supply the telephone number of the local ward councillor as a “contact”.
However, the metro said the so-called “housing scheme” had not been approved by city council.
According to court papers delivered to Karin on Tuesday, the metro would seek to bar him from erecting more signage at the property.
The application also sought to interdict him from building on the property without approval from the metro.
“I have already decided to defend this matter,” said Karin.
“There are so many people whom I know of who are building without approved plans. Why am I being targeted?”
Tshwane metro spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said the metro has been left with no alternative but to proceed with further litigation in the high court.