Probe Called For
BYLINE: ANEL LEWIS
THE former Gordons Bay councillor alleged to have "overseen" the transfer and rezoning of cemetery land to a private developer says he called for a "thorough investigation" of the sale by an "independent body" in 2004.
Anton Fuchs, a former DA councillor and now head of the Gordons Bay Ratepayers Association, said he had asked then-mayoral committee member for amenities Tozama Mlanjeni to investigate the determination of the cemetery's boundaries after relatives complained that graves were destroyed without proper consultation.
Five years later, complaints about the sale of a portion of the Gordons Bay cemetery between 1989 and 1992 to a private developer have again emerged, and the City of Cape Town is investigating the "probability" that the Gordons Bay municipality was guilty of encroaching on cemetery land and desecrating graves there.
Recent media reports have fingered Fuchs for his alleged involvement in the transfer of the cemetery land. But Fuchs said the land transfer, construction and approval of plans for the Harbour Island development were finalised by the former Gordons Bay council by 1992 - before he joined the council in 2000. …