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Tax revolt call revoked

Calls for a possible local “tax revolt” were withdrawn following assurances from local government that all building regulations will be applied at Schulphoek.

The Whale Coast Business and Community Forum (WCBCF) called for a tax revolt in a newsletter last week, to “boycott the payment of all rates, water and electricity from 9 April 2019, for three months, that is until well after the elections”. The newsletter cited the reason for the proposed tax revolt as the unlawful occupation of Schulphoek and the disregard for building regulations.

The Forum voiced its concern at a Zwelihle Stakeholders’ Meeting on Monday 8 April. Members of the Forum stated that despite an agreement by all parties at a previous stakeholders’ meeting that no further occupation of Schulphoek would take place, the number of informal structures on the property keeps increasing.

At the meeting Premier Helen Zille reminded the Forum that Schulphoek is private land, and that the owner of the property has taken the appropriate measures to evict illegal land occupiers. “The matter is currently before the courts and the next appearance is 18 June,” she said. The Forum subsequently withdrew its call for a tax revolt.

“During the stakeholders’ meeting the mayor gave the assurance that they will enforce the law and also apply the national building regulations and standards act to any new structures on Schulphoek after the moratorium was placed,” a Forum statement reads. “The moratorium was an agreement by all parties at a previous stakeholders meeting.”

The statement welcomed the formalisation of a steering committee to drive and look at the future of Schulphoek, of which the WCBCF will be an active participant. “We see this as a single step in the correct direction being part of a journey of a thousand steps, ” it said.

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