BURGERSFORT – The Sheriff of Lydenburg and Burgersfort dismantled an eight-room building to the value of R1 million that was illegally erected in Apiesdoring. The destruction has now left Erf 3 156 vacant, without any buildings.Neighbours were shocked when about 30 men clad in blue overalls recently demolished the building with a TLB. Some of the locals saw it as an opportunity to scuffle for bricks and frames to help their own home renovation projects.
Sheriff Elias Mohlala indicated that they had a court order to destroy the building as it was erected on a stand belonging to their client.
“We handed the owners a notice of eviction and they have at least removed some of their important properties.”
Steelburger/Lydenburg News discovered the structure belonged to Dr Selaelo Matloga, a medical doctor from Polokwane.
According to neighbours, there were no occupants residing in the structure. Erf 3 156 is registered in the deeds office at Polokwane in the name of Blue Horison Investment 10 (Pty) Ltd (BHI 10).
“Erf 3156 is zoned exclusively for industrial purposes by the Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality in its published township development scheme applicable to Extension 35 and it is, therefore, illegal to build residential houses on the property.
“It appeared that the doctor did not submit a building plan to Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality for approval of the intended building, nor did he pay the connection fee to them for supply of water or the connection fee for electricity supply to Eskom. It is clear that the whole building process was illegal and the Polokwane High Court issued an order that the building must be demolished because the doctor was not willing to do so at the request of BHI 10, the registered owner of the property,” said Dewald Joubert, legal advisor from Cranbrook Group of Companies.
He went on to reveal that BHI 10 is still marketing the unsold stands in Extension 35. “Nobody was evicted from the property, as it was demolished before any person took occupation of or lived in the building.”
Matloga said they lost the court battle to have that piece of land. “We wanted that piece of land and there was no agreement reached at court, as they wanted us to buy the whole Apiesdoring.
“It is now water under the bridge and we won’t pursue to have that space.” Matloga revealed to the paper that the building was valued for over R1 million.