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Knysna Muslims win mosque feud

Publish date: 10 April 2017
Issue Number: 721
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa

The Knysna Muslim Council has claimed victory after the Western Cape High Court dismissed an application brought by disgruntled residents who wanted approval for the construction of a mosque declared invalid. A Cape Times report says the 22 residents will now have to pay the legal costs of the municipality. The residents had been at loggerheads with the municipality after officials approved the construction of the mosque, citing various reasons, from access and parking being limited to the municipality transgressing its own by-laws. The applicants had charged that they were not consulted before the application was approved. But the Knysna Muslim Council said it had followed all procedures and – despite compiling a detailed plan which addressed residents’ grievances, including noise, traffic and parking – there were still objections.

Full Cape Times report (subscription needed)