"Durban council not to be trusted," rules judge and orders nine-storey building under construction on the Berea to be demolished.
The company responsible for building a multi-million-rand development in Currie Road, Berea, Durban, may soon own an expensive heap of rubble instead.
On June 29 Serengeti Rise Industries was ordered by the High Court in Durban to demolish its half-built R60-million, nine-storey investment. Judge Esther Steyn’s finding left little room for an appeal and her judgment has left mud on the faces of both Serengeti and eThekwini Metro.
The council and Serengeti failed to inform the affected neighbours of plans to build a massive structure in the heart of a residential area that would block the views of dozens of homeowners, rob them of any privacy and destroy the aesthetics of the sought-after suburb.