The City of Cape Town has come under fire from Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts for issuing PRASA with a contravention notice.

This emanates from PRASA’s decision to temporarily relocate more than 800 shack dwellers to a site in Phillipi.

The rail agency moved those people in their efforts to resume the recovery work on the Central  Line.

The City’s planning teams indicated that a land use application to rezone was required in this process.

They issued a notice containing a potential fine of R800 000 or a 20-year jail term that could be enforced.

PRASA, HDA, the City of Cape Town, and Transport and Human Settlements national departments, form part of the Implementation Protocol (IP) and were tasked to oversee the project.

Scopa chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa says it’s clear that the stakeholders are not on the same page.

“ You committed yourselves to the Implementation Protocol to facilitate within the parameters of the law as a team. We can’t have a stumbling block ever now and again. We are IP, we not IP, that’s what is causing the confusion”.

Picture: PRASA Group