Centurion business-owners affected by the Jean Avenue sinkhole will continue their legal action against the Tshwane metro.
This is despite the metro saying work has already started on fixing the sinkhole.
“We have asked the complainants to withdraw their class action to prevent them from losing more money,” said mayoral spokesperson Sam Mgobozi on Thursday.
“If it so happens that the court rules against the class action, they’d lose more money.”
He also said that all agreements related to the sinkhole were signed by the metro and the main contractor, Gaborone.
“The site was handed over to Gaborone, who is currently active at the sinkhole.”
Last year, businesses located near the sinkhole launched a class action against the metro, which they accuse of dragging their feet when it comes to fixing the sinkhole.
Not only did the sinkhole – which made its appearance in May last year – result in traffic disruptions for residents, but it also led to nearby businesses losing customers as residents avoided the area. One business already had to close its doors, namely a nearby News Cafe restaurant.
Metro spokesperson Selby Bokaba said in a media interview that internal procedures may have delayed the process.
“Someone, somewhere internally may not have done what they were supposed to do,” he said. “We have to look into that. And if there’s an official found to have not acted with the urgency that was required, action will be taken against those individuals.”
Jacques Classen, the attorney representing the business-owners, said on Thursday that the metro had filed a notice of intention to oppose the action.
It has also come to light that the health and safety contract between the metro and the contractor was yet to be signed.
A reliable source confirmed to Rekord that if the paperwork was not in order, construction on repairing the sinkhole would not commence.
Despite an announcement on Monday by transport councillor Sheila-Lynn Senkubuge that “repair work was currently underway” residents reported observing no activity at the sinkhole.
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